Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the regulatory framework and key regulatory institutions and industry associations in Islamic finance today and highlight areas that merit increased attention. Design/methodology/approach – A wide range of bibliography was reviewed, with particular focus on the standards published by the Islamic Financial Services Board and the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions. Regulatory topics of particular interest in the Islamic financial world are reviewed. An overview of the main Islamic regulatory institutions is provided. The paper ends with a set of hypotheses requiring further research. Findings – The paper finds that the growth of the Islamic finance sector may be impacted by the: increased involvement in Islamic finance by Western regulators, as well as credit rating agencies; existence of sound accounting procedures; increased protection of stakeholders of Islamic Financial Institutions. Originality/value – This paper provides useful information on the current status of the regulatory framework in Islamic finance and highlights areas for further research for academics and professionals alike.
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