Bumpity. I resurrect the thread just to report I've finally done something about my interest in Islamic Finance. Learn by doing: I've put a little money into a Sharia-compliant mutual fund through my Tax-freeSavings Account - an excellent Canadian device that started in 2009. It's a very low-fee index fund that tracks an index of Islamic-compliant stocks. They're not necessarily from the Islamic world - many, if not most, are Canadian, US or European. All companies are certified by Muslim authorities to meet halal standards: no dealing in pork products, alcohol, gambling, arms, etc. and no significant income derived from interest. Debt must not exceed 30% of capitalization. I've also gone into a somewhat related sideline. I've been a coin collector of sorts for years and I'm starting a small collection of early / medieval silver coins from Muslim lands. There are many available at pretty low prices. A dealer I've bought other stuff from has some nice ones, starting around the $10 mark. I don't think I'll ever get around to learning Arabic properly, but I do have an excellent book that teaches the reading of Arabic coin inscriptions. If I can do that and learn to calculate using traditional Arabic numerals, that'll be fine. One day, perhaps soon, I might try earning a recognized designation in Islamic Finance. Islamic Finance is doing well in Canada. Most big banks here now have Islamic products - including some that said a few years ago there was nothing even in the cards. There are credit unions offering either traditional or Musharaka (basically rent-to own) mortgages to Muslims and non-Muslims alike - whatever the customer prefers, regardless of his/her religious affiliation - if any. We have about a million-and-a-half Muslims in Canada now, a fair segment of the population, so... So far - I've got some fund shares and a start on the coins. Can sukuk (Islamic bonds) be far behind?