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Dr Valentino Cattelan

Dr Valentino Cattelan is an experienced researcher in Islamic law, economics and finance. His expertise also comprises comparative law, EU law, contract law and interdisciplinary studies.

Dr Valentino Cattelan joined BCU School of Law as a Lecturer in October 2020. Prior to this, he was an Associate Researcher at SCIEF (IE Business School, Madrid). In the past, he held a number of academic positions at the University of Rome Tor Vergata; the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies; the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London); the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Salle); the Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study ‘Law as Culture’ (Bonn); and other institutions.

In particular, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata he was the coordinator of the European module Integrating Islamic Finance in Europe, funded by the EU Commission under the Jean Monnet Programme (2010-2013).

Dr Cattelan has extensively published in the areas of Islamic contract law and Islamic finance. His comparative investigation deals both with the conceptual distance between Islamic economy and conventional capitalism, and with the variations that the Islamic normative discourse has experienced from classical times to the contemporary global market. On the subject, he has recently coined the notion of Typewritten Market to describe the peculiar connotations that the current law of Islamic finance holds (in the form of a process of Shariah-compliance) in comparison to the application of Islamic law in the practice of Muslim medieval trade (Arab Law Quarterly, 2021).

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