• Class Number 4871
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Jessie Moritz
    • Jessie Moritz
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course provides a detailed background on the religious foundations, history, and political economy of the emergence of modern Islamic Banking, as well as introducing basic ideas and common products in Islamic Finance. The course focuses particularly on the conceptualisation and debate over riba (usury), and the divide between Islamic theology and ideals of Islamic Banking in practice, all while emphasising the diversity of Muslim thinking on Islamic Banking. The course takes a qualitative approach to understanding these issues, and does not require prior knowledge of quantitative techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. contextualise the historical development of Islamic banking practices across the Middle East, and how this has been shaped by regional, social, and political factors;
  2. understand contemporary and historical theological and practical debates over the legitimacy of common products in Islamic banking;
  3. explain the complexity of the debate over the prohibition of riba, as well as broader practices of zakat, khums, awqaf, and other Islamic charitable practices;
  4. analyse how contemporary political, social, and economic trends in the Islamic World have impacted the Islamic Banking sector; and
  5. communicate these understandings and applications in writing.

Research-Led Teaching

This is a research-led course, in which the curriculum draws from the course convenor’s own research interests, and students are asked to participate in research and critical thinking activities throughout the semester. During seminars, students are expected to consider diverse perspectives and collaboratively explore their understanding of topical issues in Islamic Economics, Finance, and Banking. The formative response papers and major essay support student engagement with the academic literature, and with original research. One major essay topic is left open so that students may, in consultation with the course convenor, create an original research topic.

The course encourages students to not only accumulate new knowledge, but also to evaluate how that research was created. Students are specifically encouraged to consider the impact of different intellectual traditions on contemporary literatures (i.e. how the historical development of the discipline has shaped contemporary research debates), and on how various foreign policy and national interest priorities have influenced the type of research pursued in Islamic Finance. Course readings incorporate different methodological and ontological approaches, and are interdisciplinary, drawing from political economy, economic history, development studies, area studies, and religious sociology, among others.There is scope in the final week for students to select one to two contemporary case studies relevant to the themes of the course; students also participate in selecting the readings for that final week, and run the seminar themselves, with minimal involvement from the course convenor, drawing on the knowledge they have built up over the semester.

Field Trips

There is no scope for field trips in this course.

Additional Course Costs

There are no expected additional class costs for this course.

Examination Material or equipment

No examination material or equipment is necessary.

Required Resources

The required resources for this course - specifically course readings - will be available for download on Wattle.

This course assumes basic background knowledge of the Middle East and Arab world, but no background knowledge of economics, finance, or Islamic theology. Students with no background knowledge on the Middle East are very welcome, but advised to consult a textbook on Middle East politics or economic history before commencing the course.

Some books to consult include:

  • On Middle Eastern political economy: Melani Cammett, Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East (Cheltenham: Westview Press, 2015, 4th Edn);
  • On modern Middle Eastern history: Peter Mansfield, A History of the Middle East (London: Penguin, various edns);
  • On the emergence and debates within Islamic Finance, see:  Timur Kuran, Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004); Charles Tripp, Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). Note that readings from both these books are included in the course already.

Students may also be interested in reading further into debates among prominent proponents of Islamic Economics. For foundational texts, I recommend:

  • Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi, First Principles of Islamic Economics (2011);
  • Sayyid Qutb, Social Justice in Islam (1948, 2000);
  • Muhammed Baqir al-Sadr, Iqtisaduna: Our Economics (1961), vols. 1-2.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Early Economies of the Muslim World and Course Introduction
2 Politics, State-formation, and early Islamic Economists First response paper due 4pm Tuesday, 5 March
3 Capitalism, Marxism, and the 'Islamic Alternative': Debates in Islamic Economics
4 The Emergence of Modern 'Islamic Finance'
5 Riba, Usury, and the Avoidance of Interest in Islamic Banking
6 Social Justice: Modern Waqf Systems, Zakat, and Islamic Charities
7 No class - students focus on submitting the major essay this week Major essay due 4pm on 24 April 2019
8 Governance and Religious Regulation of Islamic Banking
9 Case Studies of Islamic Banking: Obstacles to Global Standardisation
10 Risk-sharing and Islamic Insurance
11 The Islamic Bond Market, Debt, and Islamic Finance Under Pressure
12 Derivatives, Securities, and Secondary Sukuk Markets: Pushing the Boundaries of Sharia-compliant Finance? Final exam held during examination period (6-22 June 2019)

Tutorial Registration

This course is run as a seminar - there are no tutorials for this course.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
All assessment tasks 100 % 22/06/2019 28/06/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Please refer to course guide on the MEAS8124 Wattle Site.


Please refer to course guide on the MEAS8124 Wattle Site.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Due Date: 22/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

All assessment tasks

Please refer to course guide on the MEAS8124 Wattle Site for details of all assessment tasks and due dates.

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations or for the short response papers.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assignments will be returned electronically via Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

There is no scope for re-submission of assignments in this course.

Privacy Notice

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In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Jessie Moritz

Research Interests

Political economy of the Middle East; Gulf studies, especially politics, state-society relations, political economy, and international relations in the Gulf; international relations in the Middle East; political mobilisation, opposition formation, and conflict in the Middle East; political economy of oil; country interests in particular in the Gulf states, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Jordan.

Jessie Moritz

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Wednesday 13:00 14:00
Jessie Moritz

Research Interests

Jessie Moritz

Wednesday 13:00 14:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00

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