Legal aspects of Shariah governance practices in Sri Lankan Islamic Financial Institutions: a literature review


  • Hayathu Mohamed Ahamed Hilmy South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Rusni Hassan International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Hayathu Mohamed Abdul Moujooth Teaching Hospital Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
  • M. S. A. Riyad Rooly South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • S. Issath Nimzith South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka



Islamic banking and finance, legality, shariah governance, Sri Lanka


Purpose — This study intends to examine the legal aspects and the actual practices of Shariah governance in Sri Lanka’s IFIs. Further, it examines the law and regulations on Shariah governance as well as identifies the macro and micro level application of Shariah governance in Sri Lanka.
Research method — The literature observation and document analysis were applied to explore the relevant domestic and international regulation on Shariah governance in the country. As a qualitative study, the data were gathered through the primary sources such as the information derived from the interview with experts, legislations, international Shariah standards, annual reports and other institutional documents from the IFIs; and supported by the secondary data available in the literatures such as articles in journals, books, newspaper reports, the IFIs websites, and other sources.
Result — The findings of this study indicate that there is no legislation in Sri Lanka that legally enforces on Shariah governance framework at macro level. But, each IFIs has setup Shariah governance institutionally at micro level.
Recommendation — The recommendations are put forward to fill the gap found and to improve the legal status of Shariah governance in Sri Lankan Islamic financial industries.


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How to Cite

Hilmy, H. M. A., Hassan, R., Moujooth, H. M. A., Rooly, M. S. A. R., & Nimzith, S. I. (2022). Legal aspects of Shariah governance practices in Sri Lankan Islamic Financial Institutions: a literature review. Journal of Enterprise and Development (JED), 4(1), 99–113.



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