What is it about?

The idea of revisiting currency and gold dinar in Islamic standpoint is an interesting discourse in the current monetary system. The study examined the historical aspects and supremacy of gold currency and the weakness of fiat money by employing maslahah-mursalah approach. The law of gold as money, money from maqasid Shariah and Siyasah Shariah approaches were discussed.

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The whole banking system due to the presence of fiat money is at the verge of collapse. The deposits and savings including investment of people hard earned money is in danger, if the trust of the market betrayed.


The findings revealed that, money is not limited to gold and silver. However, by application of derive law process from sources of law-making, the ‘hukm’ of gold/silver as money is permissible. Moreover, the review indicated that gold as money serves maslahah while fiat money serves more mafsadah. Backed-up information/communication technology and gold are just employed as measurement of value; they could be implemented in certain communities including cooperatives.

Research Professor Dr. Khaliq Ahmad
Putra Business School-UPM-Malaysia

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This page is a summary of: Money in Islamic Banking System, January 2017, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47937-8_7.
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