Renat Bekkin (b. 1979). D.Sc. in Economics, Ph.D. in Law. One of the leading Russian experts in Islamic law, Islamic economy and finance. The pioneer of studying Islamic economy in Russia. The author of monographs: ‘Insurance in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice’ (2001), ‘Islamic Economy: Short course’ (2008), ‘Islamic Economic Model Nowadays’ (2009 – 1st edition, 2010 – 2nd edition), ‘Islamic Insurance (Takaful)’ (2012 – 1st edition, 2014 – 2nd edition) and more than 100 articles on Islamic economy, finance and Islamic law. In 2012 he provided Islamic insurance products for “Evro-Polis” insurance company firstly launched takaful at the Russian market. Permanent member of Shariah board at Mutual insurance society “Takaful” (Kazakhstan) – since 2010; Shariah advisor at “Evro-Polis” insurance company (2012–2013). The head of Oriental and Islamic studies department at the Kazan Federal University (Kazan, Russia); Senior research fellow at the Institute for African studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia).