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Back issues of the Shared Risk & Reward newsletter are updated through February 17.  

About Sharing Risk

Sharing Risk is focused on providing accurate and timely analysis of the Islamic finance industry, which is based on avoiding riba (interest), gharar (contractual uncertainty) and maysir (gambling) to provide an innovative type finance based on the sharing of risk and reward based on the recognition that finance was created to promote real economic activity.

Islamic finance is often described in terms of the benefits it can provide to Muslims who avoid interest-based financial services.  Sharing Risk believes that, if properly developed, it can return focus finance on its natural role of facilitating economic growth and development, and can avoid the perils of over financialization of the economy.

Our Mission

To provide information and analysis of Islamic finance, with a specific interest in microfinance and the interaction between Islamic finance and other ethically-based financial systems.

What we do

  • The Sharing Risk blog , which began in 2006, provides a description and analysis of current events in Islamic finance.
  • The Sharing Risk newsletter, sent weekly with archived copies available here, provides weekly commentary on a specific issue in Islamic finance.  To sign up, please email blake@sharingrisk.org or provide your email on the Sharing Risk blog.
  • SharingRisk.org founder Blake Goud covered the Americas for The Islamic Globe from February 2011 to April 2012
  • Blake Goud has contributed articles to numerous magazines covering Islamic finance
  • Blake Goud presented a guest lecture to students at the Portland State University School of Business Administration.
  • Blake Goud wrote the Islamic Finance in North America report published by Yasaar Media
  • SharingRisk.org consults with Islamic finance practitioners and others with interest in Islamic finance on an ad hoc basis. Please contact Blake Goud for specific requests. Fees for consulting projects will be negotiated depending upon the scope of the project

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