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Emerging nodes on 'alternative' world city networks: the case of Islamic financial services

David Bassens (UGent)
(2011)
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This dissertation studies multiple urban geographies of ‘Islamic’, i.e. Shari’a-compliant financial services (IFS) from a ‘decentred’ world city perspective. IFS such as banking, finance, and insurance services are grounded in a discourse of Islamic economics that amongst others prohibits interest-based products, contractual uncertainty, and speculative trade - features which have come to typify the organization of the current global financial system. Because IFS involve a broad range of institutions, firms, and actors, which operate across various scales, its geographies are addressed through multiple lenses. The specific focus hereby is not on core ‘economic’ or ‘business’ aspects, but rather on the geographical dimensions of IFS as a global practice. To this end, the dissertation studies how financial elites, firms, assets classes and investment products within and at the borders of IFS geographically link up cities, IFCs, markets, regions, and states across the globe. The urban geographies of IFS studied in this dissertation can be read as an illustration of the changing nature of the global financial system as it expands. Furthermore, IFS constitute a prime example of the multiple ‘alternative’ ways cities are being integrated into the global economy. As such, the dissertation concludes that this experiment to ‘decentre’ economic geography might further instigate post-colonial perspectives within contemporary research on world cities and world city networks.
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Gulf region, securitization, Middle east North Africa, Islamic banking

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Bassens, David. 2011. “Emerging Nodes on ‘Alternative’ World City Networks: The Case of Islamic Financial Services”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences.
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Bassens, D. (2011). Emerging nodes on “alternative” world city networks: the case of Islamic financial services. Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences, Ghent, Belgium.
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Bassens D. Emerging nodes on “alternative” world city networks: the case of Islamic financial services. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences; 2011.
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Bassens, David. “Emerging Nodes on ‘Alternative’ World City Networks: The Case of Islamic Financial Services.” 2011 : n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {This dissertation studies multiple urban geographies of ‘Islamic’, i.e. Shari’a-compliant financial services (IFS) from a ‘decentred’ world city perspective. IFS such as banking, finance, and insurance services are grounded in a discourse of Islamic economics that amongst others prohibits interest-based products, contractual uncertainty, and speculative trade - features which have come to typify the organization of the current global financial system. Because IFS involve a broad range of institutions, firms, and actors, which operate across various scales, its geographies are addressed through multiple lenses. The specific focus hereby is not on core ‘economic’ or ‘business’ aspects, but rather on the geographical dimensions of IFS as a global practice. To this end, the dissertation studies how financial elites, firms, assets classes and investment products within and at the borders of IFS geographically link up cities, IFCs, markets, regions, and states across the globe. The urban geographies of IFS studied in this dissertation can be read as an illustration of the changing nature of the global financial system as it expands. Furthermore, IFS constitute a prime example of the multiple ‘alternative’ ways cities are being integrated into the global economy. As such, the dissertation concludes that this experiment to ‘decentre’ economic geography might further instigate post-colonial perspectives within contemporary research on world cities and world city networks.},
  author       = {Bassens, David},
  isbn         = {9789490695606},
  keywords     = {Gulf region,securitization,Middle east North Africa,Islamic banking},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {X, 186},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Sciences},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Emerging nodes on 'alternative' world city networks: the case of Islamic financial services},
  year         = {2011},
}