SIFEC 2020

Responsible finance in cyclical economy

02 OCTOBER 2020

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SIFEC 2020 location

Call for papers Sifec 2020

This year’s conference aims to gather Islamic banking, economics, and finance experts and students to discuss a wide range of topics. You are kindly invited to submit papers for this conference, that will provide a basis for further discussion. SIFEC 2020 offers an excellent opportunity to meet leading figures in the field of Islamic Banking from Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond.

Important Dates SIFEC 2019

Abstract deadline: 01. June 2020.

Paper submissions deadline: 15. August 2020.

Paper acceptance notifications: 01. September 2020.

(for international authors who need visa, we hardly recommend urgently request the visa – count minimum 2 months for visa process)

Registration deadline: 15. September 2020.

Conference dates: 02. October 2020.

Plan your stay

If you need help planning your trip and stay in Sarajevo, follow the links below:

Publication opportunities

Selected papers will be included in the Conference book, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan within 6 months of the final manuscript submission. The extent of the book will be less than 120,000 words (approximately 400 pages), including less than 50 black and white tables/graphs/charts. Papers will be organised as chapters of the book.

Paper selection

All papers will pass through a blind review process. Two anonymous reviewers will be appointed for each manuscript. Manuscripts are judged based on their content, clarity, and contribution to the field; the advancement of the practice of Islamic finance and economics. Submitted manuscripts can be processed most expeditiously if they are prepared according to the Author Guidelines.

Topics of Interest

  • Responsible finance
  • Ethicality in business
  • Morality in HR
  • Fintech and blockchain
  • Virtual currencies
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Cyclical economy
  • Financial inclusion


  • Micro-insurance
  • Political economy
  • Socio-economic performance of the financial institutions
  • The role of religion in economics
  • Rethinking of the conventional economics and finance
  • Countries experiences in application of new models of moral economy
  • The role of the endowments in new age


The European Association of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance (EUIEBIF) has published three books to date:


SIFEC 2019 Keynote Speaker

Humayon Dar
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Humayon Dar

Dr. Humayon Dar is a Cambridge economist, with a wide range of interests in development practice and financial services. With MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge and with his current role, Director General of Cambridge Institute of Islamic Finance, he possesses impeccable academic credentials and practical knowledge to influence policymaking on Islamic finance in the world, especially in the 57-member countries of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). After a decade-long academic career, Dr. Dar has spent more than 13 years in investment banking, financial advisory, advocacy and high-level networking since 2005. He has founded a number of industry-building initiatives to promote IBF in various parts of the world. Dr. Humayon Dar has also been a member of a number of Shari’a advisory boards in the UK, Malaysia and the UAE. He also serves on the International Islamic Finance Advisory Council of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC).

SIFEC 2018 Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker - PROF IQBAL ASARIA

Mohamed Iqbal Asaria was a member of the working party set up by the Governor of The Bank of England to look into issues relating to the introduction of Islamic financial products in the UK. He was previously a resource person on International Financial Institutions and GATT/WTO for the Third World Network. He provided specialist advice on International financial flows, multi-lateral lending and international trade (1985 – 1995); and served as Chairman of the influential World Bank – NGO Committee (1985 – 1990). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester. He was awarded the CBE in the 2005 Queen’s honours list for services to international development. Iqbal has advised several financial institutions in the UK and overseas on Islamic financial services. Since 2005, he has been Special Advisor on Business & Economic Affairs to the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
For the last eight years Iqbal has been the convenor of the annual International Takaful Summit and is a leading thought leader in the Takaful industry.

SIFEC 2014 Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker - Dr. mehmed asutay

Director of Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance; and is the Programme Director for MSc in Islamic Finance and MSc in Islamic Finance & Management; and also the Director of the Durham Islamic Finance Summer School. Mehmet has a BA in Public Finance from the University of Istanbul (Turkey); continued for MSc in Public Finance at the University of Istanbul; has Postgraduate Diploma in Economic and Social Policy Analysis, University of York (UK); MA in Economics of Public Policy, Department of Economics of the University of Leicester (UK); Ph.D. in Political Economics, University of Leicester. Mehmet teaches and supervises research on Islamic Political Economy; Islamic Moral Economy; Islamic Banking, Finance and Management; Political Economy of Development in the Middle East including Turkish Political Economy and Kurdish Political Economy.

About the Sarajevo Islamic Finance and Economics Conference

The Sarajevo Islamic Finance and Economics Conference – SIFEC is an academic conference in the field of Islamic economics and finance. It is the only one of its kind in Southeast Europe. 

The main purpose of the Conference is to gather experts in the field who will present their scientific research or exchange their practical experiences. Subsequently,  it aims to establish a stable network of academics and practitioners in the field who will continuously work on resolving contemporary issues in Islamic finance.

SIFEC contributes to EUIEBIF’s vision of creating a hub for Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance in the SEE Region, a place where East meets West. This is why the Conference is annually hosted in the city of Sarajevo, also known as the second Jerusalem. Sarajevo is a city with many different stories, traditions, cultural and religious diversity, and fantastic touristic opportunities. It is the ideal place to explore Islamic finance in today’s modern world. 


Submissions should be original contributions and authors take full responsibility for the originality of their papers.
Selected papers will be the copyright of the conference organisers.