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Jurisprudence and demand for halal meat in OIC

Imran Majeed (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance, Lorong Universiti A, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Hussein Al-Zyoud (Faculty of Business, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada)
Naved Ahmad (Donald School of Business, Red Deer College, Red Deer, Canada) (Faculty of Business, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada) (Department of Economics, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 12 June 2019

Issue publication date: 12 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to estimate the import demand function for halal meat in member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and to suggest some policy recommendations for OIC members that can enhance intra-OIC halal meat trade.

Design/methodology/approach

By using an augmented gravity model, this study empirically estimates the major determinants of halal meat import demand in OIC member countries. Moreover, a major determinant is the difference in Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh).

Findings

The results of this study show that the variation in Islamic jurisprudence is one of the primary determinants of intra-regional trade of halal meat import demand in OIC member countries.

Research limitations/implications

Although trade flows are set up in several years and lag variables are well capable to examine trade flows, this study only includes the static nature of halal meat trade flows toward selected top 20 OIC member countries.

Practical implications

This study suggests that developing a common halal meat market and one halal certification body under the OIC can enhance intra-OIC halal meat trade, this may be a challenge given the five diverse interpretations of halal meat within Islamic jurisprudence among OIC member countries.

Originality/value

This paper identifies the role of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) in determining the import demand of halal meat in OIC countries, which has not been addressed in empirical literature. It also provides some policy implications to ameliorate the declining trend of intra-OIC trade flows of halal meat.

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Citation

Majeed, I., Al-Zyoud, H. and Ahmad, N. (2019), "Jurisprudence and demand for halal meat in OIC", British Food Journal, Vol. 121 No. 7, pp. 1614-1626. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-08-2018-0562

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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