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On Islamic branding: brands as good deeds

Baker Ahmad Alserhan (College of Business, United Arab Emirates University, Alain, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 25 June 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to clarify some of the most important issues pertinent to the emerging field of Islamic branding (IB). Namely, it answers the following questions: what does IB mean? Why is it important and what makes it different from conventional branding? What are its types? What is the future of IB?

Design/methodology/approach

This is a conceptual research paper that builds on the author's vast expertise and knowledge of the Islamic market and Islamic marketing and branding practices, ethics, and motivations to answer the various research questions.

Findings

Although IB is qualitatively different from conventional branding, international branding experts still view it from the same perspective and, therefore, use conventional branding techniques when branding to Muslims. The motivations to underlying IB are not fully appreciated and the concept remains bound by an abstract understanding of Halal and Haram.

Research limitations/implications

This is a conceptual paper and, as such, it is subject to the same limitations surrounding similar conceptual academic works.

Practical implications

The paper will be of great value to marketers because it will help them improve their branding strategies when targeting the Muslim consumer and engaging the Islamic market.

Social implications

The IB practices have the potential to add a human touch to the exploitive conventional branding practices common among today's marketers.

Originality/value

This is the first paper of its kind that conceptualizes and clarifies the various facets of IB.

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Citation

Alserhan, B.A. (2010), "On Islamic branding: brands as good deeds", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 101-106. https://doi.org/10.1108/17590831011055842

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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