Books and articles by R. Bekkin
Articles on Islamic Economics
The Experience and Challenges of Islamic Insurance in the Post-Soviet Space: Case Studies of Russia and Kazakhstan // Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies. - 2015. - Vol. 8. - March. - P. 141-154.
This article discusses how an Islamic insurance (takaful) model has been implemented in two CIS-countries (Russia, Kazakhstan) in recent years. The author examines legal regulation of takaful in countries where a special legislation on takaful was not adopted (Russia) or is in draft form (Kazakhstan). The author also notices inconsistent use of Islamic finance and takaful terminology by legislators in Kazakhstan. In the case of Russia the article tells about a number of attempts to set up takaful business in the absence of specific legal regulation for such type of insurance. Special attention is paid to the attempts to launch of takaful products (non-life insurance) by Evro-Polis company in the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation) in 2012.
Early Forms of Insurance in Muslim Society (on the Example of Such Institutions as Diyah and Zakat), in At-Ta'min al-'Arabi (2011), № 108.
Zakat as sadaqah or sadaqah as zakat?, in New Horizon (2010) (1431), No. 174, January-March (Muharrum-Rabi al Awwal).
In the second of a two-part analysis, Dr Renat Bekkin, senior research fellow at Mardjani Foundation, Moscow, continues the discussion on poverty alleviation, in the case of Russia.
Waqf and zakat: alleviating poverty, in New Horizon (2009) (1430), No. 173, October-December (Shawwal-Dhu Al Hijjah).
In the first of a two-part analysis, Dr Renat Bekkin, researcher at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, ponders the issue of poverty alleviation by the means of waqf, in the case of Russia.
Somaliland - Interest free but not yet Shari’ah-compliant economy, in New Horizon (2007), October-December (Shawwal-Dhu Al Hijjah).
Having survived a civil war and living in international isolation, Somaliland, a de facto independent state in the territory of Somalia, is gradually developing its financial sector. The banking services are interest-free in this entirely Muslim republic. But does it mean they are Shari’ah-compliant? Renat Bekkin, PhD in Law, senior researcher at the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, reports.
ISLAMIC ECONOMIC MODEL AND THE PROBLEMS OF ITS APPLICATION IN RUSSIA, in Central Asia and the Caucasus (2006), № 1 (37).
The paper considers the experience of application of Islamic economic model in Russia. The history and current practice of Islamic financial institutions (Islamic banks, takaful-insurance companies, waqfs etc.) is observed. The author analyses the mistakes admitted in current work of Russian Islamic financial institutions. The author’s analysis is based on his own operational experience in Islamic bank and insurance company.
RuЯland ist ein multinationales und auch multikonfessionelles Land. Viele Angehцrige der dort lebenden Vцlker bekennen sich zum Islam, vor allem im Nordkaukaus und im Wolgagebiet Die Scharia sieht im Bank- und Finanzwesen eine Reihe sich aus den heiligen Schriften des Islam ergebender Vorgaben und Regeln fьr die Tдtigkeit islamischer Bankinstitute und Versicherungsgesellschaften vor. Da RuЯland kein moslemisches Land ist, mьssen die Schariagesetze und die russische Gesetzgebung in Ьbereinstimmung gebracht werden.
Early Forms of Insurance in Muslim Society (on the Example of Such Institutions as Diyah and Zakat), in Problems of Modern Economy (2003), № 3-4 (7-8), Pp. 181-183.
According to most Western experts, insurance originated in the 14th century C.E., although some scholars hold that insurance proper did not appear before the 18-19th centuries. A minority (B. Emerigon, P. Goldschmidt and others) hold that the insurance contract was already known in Ancient Rome. They refer mainly to trade and religious unions known as collegia tenniorum and collegia funeraticia. The insurance contract is the key to this dispute: those scholars who deny the existence of insurance in antiquity and early Middle Ages (up to the 14th century when marine insurance began to be widely practiced in Europe) base their view on the fact that the insurance contract was unknown in those times.
Islam in Russia
Russian Muslims: A Misguided Sect, Or The Vanguard Of The Russian Umma? // Islamic Authority And the Russian Language: / Studies On Texts From European Russia, the North Caucasus And West Siberia / Ed. by Alfrid K. Bustanov and Michael Kemper. Amsterdam: Pegasus, 2012. P. 361―401.
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