"Islamic finance now extends beyond the traditional predominantly Muslim economies to become an increasingly important part of the international financial system."

"Islamic finance implicitly embraces strong core values and universally beneficial characters."

"The Islamic financial system derives its strength and stability from its faculty to uphold Shariah principles. The Islamic financial system thus has an in-built dimension that promotes financial soundness and stability, as it resides within a financial trajectory underpinned by the forces of Shariah injunctions."

These are the words of Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, a prominent Bank Governor in Malaysia who has been an outspoken advocate of the Islamic financial system as an alternative to Western capitalism. Aziz has given speeches at Islamic finance summits pointing out the success of Malaysia's Islamic-based economy and laying out a clear mission: "positioning Islamic finance as an integrated component of the International Financial System."

Aziz now has the perfect global platform for her mission. She was recently appointed by the hard left United Nations General Assembly president Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann to serve on his Commission of Experts, a high-level task force of economic and finance specialists which is tasked with making recommendations for radical reforms of the global economic system. This gives her a megaphone to publicize Sharia-based Islamic banking to an international audience, as a potential solution for the ongoing global economic crisis.

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