Taha Abdul-Basser

Managing Partner, Straightway Ethical Advisory

Taha bin Hasan Abdul-Basser is an independent scholar of Islamic ethics and law who has acted as a shari`a compliance reviewer, examiner and consultant to investment funds, investment banks, retail banks, financial advisories, legal advisors and other for-profit and not-for-profit entities since 1998. He was lead contributor to the Harvard Islamic Finance Information Program’s database software on Islamic financial ethics and jurisprudence, independent study course instructor (“Principles of Islamic Finance”) at Harvard Business School and a Senior Tutorial Advisor at Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations. He is the Harvard Islamic Society Chaplain emeritus.

He received his Bachelors (A.B.) in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard College, a Master’s (A.M.) in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and is an ABD from the same department. In addition to his father (with whom he began the study of standard Arabic as a child), he has studied the traditional Islamic disciplines with teachers from the Sudan, the Yemen, Tanzania and Bahrain. He has received traditional licenses (ijazat) in Islamic ethics and law, Prophetic traditions (hadith) and other disciplines from several teachers.

My Sessions

Islamic Finance 101

Bolyston Hall 105

What is ‘Islamic finance’ and how does it actually work? In this short introductory session, Sh. Taha Abdul-Basser will present an overview of finance through an Islamic lens and cover the basic principles of applied Islamic ethics. This fascinating talk will probe the intersection of ethics, Islamic economy, and social entrepreneurship, and we hope it […]

Islamic Finance The Muslim Professional