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A bibliometric analysis of Islamic banking sustainability: a study based on Scopus scientific database

Agus Hartanto (School of Strategic and Global Studies, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Nachrowi Djalal Nachrowi (Department of Economic and Business, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Palupi Lindiasari Samputra (Department of National Resilience, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Nurul Huda (Department of Economic and Business, Universitas Yarsi, Jakarta, Indonesia)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 10 June 2024




This paper aims to analyze the scientific trend of research on Islamic banking sustainability (IBS) through a bibliometric study. In particular, the paper extensively investigates all the articles issued through the Scopus database regarding the IBS.


The authors discovered 76 papers that met the function, subject and set requirements by using the phrase IBS. The authors used VOSviewer as an analytical tool and the Scopus website.


IBS publications were found in the period 2005–2022, and the publication trend of IBS research demonstrates that it is growing exponentially after 2018. Malaysia is the leading country in terms of productive authors, universities, number of documents, citations and collaboration research on IBS. The current research trends are summarized into five cluster maps for future research directions: sustainability measurement, sustainability practices, risk and governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and IBS theory. The Maqashid al Shariah approach conceptually influences the framework for constructing the dimensions and indicators used to measure the IBS.

Research limitations/implications

The authors retrieved data for their research from the Scopus database; using other databases might result in totally different research patterns with this IBS bibliometric research.

Practical implications

The research encompasses valuable implications for Islamic banking as it offers valuable insights on how to assess the performance of IBS. Particularly, it contributes to identifying the dimensions and indicators needed to measure IBS performance. Furthermore, this research provides strategic initiatives to promote sustainable practices in Islamic banking in terms of green financing taxonomy, services, operations, risk management and governance.

Social implications

This research is valuable for other scholars as it offers a foundation for the future growth of IBS research, focusing on important sustainability clusters obtained from selected reputable journals. This research is beneficial for regulators in enhancing the roadmap for establishing and enhancing long-term IBS with impacts on socio-economic, environmental and governance.


The study presents a concise review of the bibliometric study in IBS and provides recommendations for future research directions in cluster mapping of themes and subthemes. There is still insufficient research that examines the IBS, in particular, complete insights into the IBS literature review.



Hartanto, A., Nachrowi, N.D., Samputra, P.L. and Huda, N. (2024), "A bibliometric analysis of Islamic banking sustainability: a study based on Scopus scientific database", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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