Int Adv Econ Res (2018) 24:99–100 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11294-018-9666-z RESEARCH NOTE 1 2 Trevor W. Chamberlain & Sutan Hidayat & A. Rahman Khokhar Published online: 1 February 2018 International Atlantic Economic Society 2018 JEL F49 G20 Islamic banking is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global financial industry. Its origins can be traced back to the early days of Islam, but, in modern times, the first Islamic bank appears to have been the Mit Ghamr Savings Bank, founded in Egypt in 1963. Since then the number and size of Islamic banks have grown rapidly, with Islamic banking now practiced in more than 70 countries. The entire banking systems of Iran and Sudan operate according to Islamic principles, while in other countries, including countries in the West, Islamic banking co-exists with conventional banking. This study investigates differences in the credit profiles of Islamic and conventional banks in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attempts to identify the factors responsible for those differences. Focusing on the GCC region mitigates the impacts of differences in culture, regulatory regime and accounting practice. The study utilizes data from the Bankscope database (https://www.bvdinfo.com/en-us/our-products/company- information/international-products/bankscope) for 25 Islamic banks and 56 conventional banks, all head-quartered in
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