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Risk Management in Islamic Finance Addressed in IsDBI’s Latest Book

A new book, titled “Heavy Tails and Coherent Risk Measures in Islamic Finance”, authored by Dr. Mahmoud Bekri, a Research Economist at The Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI), has been released by IsDBI. It details the application of ‘heavy tails’ distribution techniques to curtail risk in Islamic finance portfolios. 

The book provides a hands-on introduction to the topic, covering the concepts behind “heavy tails” and coherent risk measures along with practical examples on how to apply the relevant techniques.

It consists of four main parts to provide the readers with a good foundation in the fundamental ideas and methods related to heavy tail distributions, as well as to familiarise them with advanced tools that use the heavy tail distributions.

The book is written in a simple and structured way and would be useful for academics, professionals, practitioners of Islamic finance, and students

The first part provides insights into Islamic finance, discussing its sources, main principles and guidelines, while the second part covers four main topics comprising of probability theory, time series modelling, heavy tail and stable distributions and the dependence structures.

The third part focuses on the implementation of the advanced methods in risk management, placing great emphasis on market risk. The final part covers portfolio selection and optimisation, and the portfolio performance measurement.

In his comments on the release of the new book, Dr. Sami Al-Suwailem, Acting Director General of IsDB Institute and IsDB Group Chief Economist, said, “Heavy-tails statistical distributions became of major importance since Nassim Taleb published his book: The Black Swan in 2007. Bringing these concepts to Islamic finance industry and capital markets would be of substantial value.”

The book is written in a simple and structured way and would be useful for academics, professionals, practitioners of Islamic finance, and students.

Author of the book, Dr. Mahmoud Bekri, said, “The significance of the book is that it does not only emphasise the importance of concepts like heavy tail and coherent risk measures and theoretically introduce them, but it also shows the practical side of using them by providing practical examples.”


  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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