Sukūk is a current hot topic in Islamic finance discussions. This paper aims to examine sukūk and focus on the initial yet fundamental requirement of "true sale"- one that can determine if a particular sukūk is, in fact, a Sharīah compliant financial instrument. Ten sukūk are selected for the test, issued between the years 2004 and 2012 in seven countries. Selection is not random and based mostly on availability of information necessary for conducting the test. The sukūk are subjected to evaluation criteria developed by the paper and built on legal, financial, accounting and Sharīah requirements. The evaluation reveals that only one of the ten sukūk met the "true-sale" requirements. The rest contained several violations and therefore could not be considered Sharīah compliant instruments.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Journal of King Abdulaziz University, Islamic Economics|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- Sharīah compliance
- True sale
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)