Potentiality of Islamic Deposit Insurance System in Nigeria: A Lesson from Malaysia
The financial crisis highlighted the need for deposit insurance regimes that effectively protect
depositors and promote financial stability. Interest in Islamic deposit insurance is rising, incited by
the growth of Islamic banking across the globe. The study examines the potentiality of Islamic
deposit insurance scheme in Nigeria, considering Malaysian experience. To achieve its objective,
this paper used both analytical and qualitative methods after thoroughly examining many relevant
works of literature as well as empirical works. The study finds that Islamic deposits are covered
separately from conventional deposits, with separate coverage for Islamic window, trust accounts,
sole proprietorship, and partnership. It also provides coverage to various contracts, such as
mudharabah, wadi`ah, qard and murabahah. Thus, Nigeria can tap the idea in promoting sound
financial stability through Sharῑ’ah-compliant deposit insurance scheme. Finally, the paper
concludes that to ensure a Shari`ah-compliant deposit insurance system, the government supposed
to implement a proper approach, which could be different across jurisdictions, in light of differing
Shari`ah interpretations or views from one jurisdiction to another.
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