HBKU lecture to explore digital currency in Muslim World


of Islamic Studies ( CIS)  at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), will

present a two-hour lecture titled Digital Currency from a Shari’ah,

Economic, and Practical Perspective on March 19.

Guest speakers

include CEO of Qatar Development Bank, Abdulaziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa;

former professor of jurisprudence at Qatar University, Dr Ali

al-Quradaghi; and professor at HBKU’s CIS, Dr Tariqullah S Khan. The

exploratory symposium is expected to see a wide turnout by students,

staff, faculty, guests as well as members of the public.


currency – also known as digital money or cybercash – is a

transformative technology that is tipped to play a game-changing role

around the world. Being delivered by several notable subject matter

specialists, the symposium aims to generate awareness on the

opportunities and challenges presented by virtual currency. Dr Emad

El-Din Shahin, dean of CIS, noted, “HBKU’s CIS is committed to dialogue

that helps promote the social and economic growth of Qatar. We look

forward to the participation of some of Qatar’s preeminent thought

leaders in industry and academia, who will offer insight on the role of

digital currency and unique perspectives which will bring added value to

our discussions.”

In its in electronic form, the monetary system

enables seamless and immediate transactions without the need for

traditional institutions. The CIS lecture aims to bring attention to the

virtual currency’s impact on the Middle East, exploring e-currency from

an Islamic financial perspective. The main discussion will include

three sub-themes: economic and financial aspects, Shariah articulation,

and practical implications.

Established as a dedicated space for

contemporary Islamic studies, CIS enables students to discuss their

thoughts and ideas concerning Islam, engage in discourse, and guide

informed action on pressing matters. CIS offers two postgraduate degree

programs - Master of Arts in Islamic studies and the Master of Science

in Islamic finance, bringing together global academics through its

renowned research centres.

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