Tamer ElGindi


Islamic finance has been developing rapidly in the last forty years with Islamic financial institutions expanding at enormous rates all over the world. Islamic finance offers both an equity based system dependent on profit-and-loss sharing modes along with other debt-based instruments that facilitate trade. Comparison between the performance of Islamic banks and conventional banks has been under study for several years with some studies suggesting that Islamic banks were able to outperform conventional banks in certain areas, other studies suggest the opposite. This study focuses on eight banks in Malaysia that are incorporated under the Islamic Banking Scheme and offer both conventional and Islamic banking operations. The comparison between both types of operations is conducted in terms of profitability, liquidity, and asset quality using several financial ratios such as return on assets (ROA), return on equity (ROE), return on deposits (ROD), cash deposits ratio (CDR), loan deposits ratio (LDR), net nonperforming loans ratio (NPL), and write-offs as a percentage of total assets. The null hypothesis is that both population variances and means are equal against the alternative that both are not equal. Results suggest that four out of the seven ratios were statistically significant when comparing population variances, and also suggest that all seven ratios were statistically significant at the 99% confidence level when comparing population means. This means that the null hypothesis was rejected in those cases implying that the two populations are not equal. Further, the results are consistent with the arguments offered in favor of the benefits of the Islamic banking system as opposed to the negative social and economic outcomes of the conventional system.


Economics Department

Degree Name

MA in Economics

Date of Award


Online Submission Date

February 2013

First Advisor

Salevurakis, John

Committee Member 1

Salevurakis, John

Document Type



91 p.


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