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History of Islamic Finance in Indonesia

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According to the history of Islamic banking in Indonesia, the establishment of a sharia-based bank is sought more by Muslim professional groups that are more practice oriented. But in financial theory in general there is no agreement among academics.

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The professional group feels it is not necessary to wait for the development of the theory too far. They tend to realize fiqh muamalat into practice, of course after conceptualization. Subsequent developments were escorted by the Sharia Council which was established at the national level as well as in every Islamic bank and financial institution.

If we look at the phase of the development of Islamic finance in Indonesia, we will meet various rules that arise from the initiative of Muslim religious and professional leaders. Here are History of Islamic Finance in Indonesia :

  • Plans to Apply a “Profit Sharing System” (1983-1992)

In 1983, there were major events in the Indonesian banking world. Bank Indonesia (BI) gives banks the freedom to set interest rates.

The government, through a banking deregulation policy, aims to create more efficient and strong banking conditions in sustaining the economy. In addition, the Indonesian government has planned to implement a “profit sharing system” in credit which is a concept of Islamic banking.

In 1990, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) formed a working group to establish Islamic Banks in Indonesia. August 1990, the MUI organized bank and banking interest workshops in West Java. The results of the workshop were then discussed more in depth at the IV MUI National Conference in Jakarta in 1990.

The MUNAS produced a mandate for the formation of a working group for the establishment of Islamic banks in Indonesia. MUI Banking Team being given the task to approach and consult with all relevant parties.

As a result of the work of the MUI Banking Team, the first Islamic bank in Indonesia was PT Bank Muamalat Indonesia (BMI). In accordance with its deed of establishment, BMI was established on November 1, 1991 and operated on May 1, 1992. At the beginning of its operating period, the existence of Islamic banks had not yet received optimal attention in the national banking sector. See also history of trade in Indonesia

  • Legal Basis for First Islamic Banks (1992-1998)

The cornerstone of the bank’s operating law that uses the sharia system, at that time was only accommodated in one of the verses concerning “banks with profit sharing systems” in the Law (UU) No. 7 of 1992; without sharia legal basis details and types of businesses that are permitted.

In 1998, the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) made improvements to Law No. 7 of 1992 to Law No. 10 of 1998. The law explicitly states that there are two systems in banking in the country, namely the conventional banking system and the Islamic banking system.

This opportunity was warmly welcomed by the banking community, which was marked by the establishment of several other Islamic banks, namely the IFI Bank, Bank Syariah Mandiri, Bank Niaga, Bank BTN, Bank Mega, BRI Bank, Bank Bukopin, BPD Jabar, BPD Aceh, and other Islamic banks. Read also history of technology in Indonesia

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  • Sharia policies appear in various sectors (1998-2010)

Approval of several legislation products has provided legal certainty and increased the activity of Islamic financial markets. With the enactment of Law No. 21 of 2008 concerning Islamic Banking which was issued on July 16, 2008, the development of the national Islamic banking industry increasingly has a legal basis. An adequate Islamic financial regulation will significantly boost the economic growth of the community.

The development of impressive Islamic banking reached an average asset growth of more than 65% per year in the last five years. It is not surprising that the role of the Islamic banking industry in supporting the national economy will be more significant. The birth of the Sharia Banking Act encouraged an increase in the number of Islamic Public Banks (BUS). from 2009 to 2010, starting with 5 BUS to become 11 BUS.

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  • Strengthening Sharia Policy (2010-2015)

Since the development of the Islamic banking system in Indonesia, in the two decades of national sharia finance development, there have been many progresses.

Both from the institutional and supporting infrastructure aspects, regulatory tools and supervision systems, as well as public awareness and literacy of Islamic financial services. Our Islamic financial system is one of the best and most comprehensive systems recognized internationally.

At the end of 2013, the function of banking regulation and supervision moved from Bank Indonesia to the Financial Services Authority (OJK).

Then the supervision and regulation of Islamic banking also turned to OJK. As the authority of the financial services sector, OJK continues to refine its vision and strategy for the development of the Islamic financial sector. OJK developed the vision and strategy into the 2015-2019 Indonesian Syariah Banking Roadmap (RPSI) launched at the 2014 Sharia People’s Market.

The OJK expects RPSI to be a guide to the development of the Islamic financial sector. RPSI contains strategic initiatives to achieve the development goals set by the OJK.

Initial results were seen in 2015, the sharia banking industry consisted of 12 Islamic Commercial Banks, 22 Sharia Business Units owned by Conventional Commercial Banks and 162 SRBs with total assets of Rp. 273,494 Trillion with a market share of 4.61%. You can see also history of Textile in Indonesia

  • Digitalization of Islamic Finance (2015-2017)

Along with increasing public demand for a transparent, practical and accountable financial system. OJK encourages developing technology-based financial innovations to meet these demands.

The Financial Services Authority Regulation Number 77 / POJK.01 / 2016 concerning Information Technology-Based Lending and Borrowing Services is an OJK effort to build legality to increase public trust. The rule is for technology-based conventional financial companies that are developing.

At present the technology-based Islamic finance company does not yet have its own rules and still refers to the OJK Regulation. But it does not become a barrier for startup companies or startups to develop technology-based financial applications.

Thats all History of Islamic Finance in Indonesia from 1983 till now. Read also History of nursing in Indonesia and History of migration in Indonesia

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