With a focus on sustainable economic development after the pandemic, the Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (CIEF) at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), held the fourth International Conference on Islamic Finance (ICIF) from April 4-6, with the support of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority.
The three-day conference provided a platform for dialogue and discussions to evaluate the opportunities and barriers for sustainable economic development under the “new normal”, which has deepened the digital economy and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In the context of Islamic finance and economy (IFE), academic papers and policy-driven analyses highlighted the urgent need for a sustainable financing infrastructure that is agile, adaptable, and transformable after the unprecedented economic downturn and global supply chain disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading academics, researchers, postgraduate students, industry leaders, practitioners, and policymakers tackled the moral nexus of sustainability and IFE in the 4IR era. Presentations deliberated the impact of IFE in the post-pandemic world; IFE resilience against economic distress; industry perspectives on sustainability and the 4IR; FinTech and sustainability scopes for success; socioeconomic responses within IFE; and Islamic social FinTech.