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Exploring the development of Islamic banking in Nigeria using an actor-network theory perspective

Sa'id, Hadiza



Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the evolution of Islamic banking in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – The paper adopts a qualitative approach using 25 semi-structured interviews together with documentary analysis in order to analyse how Islamic banking has evolved in Nigeria. Findings – The paper demonstrates that the evolution of Islamic banking in Nigeria arose from a relationship between various human and non-human actors. The development was shaped by the Nigerian socioeconomic environment, particularly the wealthy Muslim segment and the poor performance of the economy. Originality/value – The paper differs from previous studies on the development of Islamic banking in two ways. First, it provides a contextual account of the various factors that have influenced the development of Islamic banking in Nigeria, a sub-Saharan Africa country for which research on Islamic banking is sparse. Second, the paper is unique in analysing how Islamic banking emerged as a process of actor-network formation.

Journal Article Type Article
Print ISSN 1759-0817
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Islamic banking; Nigeria; Actor-network theory; Islamic finance

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