Money Impartiality: Panacea for Economic Crisis


  • Jamal Othman Faculty of Economics and Business Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


Asset-based money, FIAT money, Syaria perspectives of money, money impartiality, money and sustainable development, money and financial crisis


This paper overviews the political-economics of FIAT and asset-based money. The paper further highlights the presumably syaria standpoint of the impartial character of money as the fundamental factor that differentiates asset-based money from the FIAT money. It is argued that while it is ideal for asset-based money to make a comeback in the interest of holistic wellbeing (maslahah) of humankind, it is necessary to complement it with an appropriate financial and regulatory system to safeguard its impartiality, i.e. non-tradable, non-interest bearing, and non-debt financing to avoid the recurring pitfalls which are immanent in the conventional financial system. It is hoped this rather concise paper will offer a thought provoking discourse on how syaria principles may present the world a useful ideological construct for a new monetary and financial architecture in light of the global financial crisis.   Keywords: Asset-based money; FIAT money; Syaria perspectives of money; money impartiality; money and sustainable development; money and financial crisis.

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Othman, J. (2010). Money Impartiality: Panacea for Economic Crisis. International Journal of Management Studies, 17, 35–50. Retrieved from