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Profitability of Interest-free vs. Interest-based Banks in Turkey

Soylu, Ali and Durmaz, Nazif (2012): Profitability of Interest-free vs. Interest-based Banks in Turkey.

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Abstract

Islamic banking is consistent with Islamic law and guided by Islamic economics. They are prohibited from charging or paying interest, and can operate only on the basis of the profit-sharing arrangements. Islamic banking has been gaining momentum on a global scale for the last 30 years. It is estimated that the assets of Islamic banks in Turkey will exceed US$25 billion in the next decade and will make up 10% of the total banking system. Therefore, this study compares Islamic banks with interest-based banks to measure their profitability. It also investigates how Islamic financing techniques are used by Islamic Banks.

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