Central Asian state Tajikistan gets first Islamic bank


The central Asian nation of Tajikistan has opened its first full-fledged Islamic bank. OJSC Tawhidbank opened in September and is licensed under the central bank, the National Bank of Tajikistan, it said in a statement on September 20.

Tawhidbank has its roots in conventional mid-sized bank Sohibkorbank, which was set up in 1999. The joint stock bank converted to become a full-fledged Shariah-compliant financial institution after partnering with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group.

It currently has five branches and 48 banking services throughout the former Soviet bloc nation. The majority-Muslim country of around 9.3 million people is a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Tajikistan currently has seventeen banks, including Tawhidbank, according to data from the central bank.

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