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Although Madden is having an adverse short-term impact, (2) we believe that ultimately it will be properly limited in its scope and impact, (3) will not be embraced across the board by other state or federal courts, (4) and will not result in significant changes to the law and principles of bank lending and usury
Nonetheless, Geisst covers an admirable range of sources and periods, particularly highlighting natural law perspectives on usury
and early attempts to calculate compound interest.
Readers interested in a lengthy critique of lucrum cessans can read the section titled "Invalid Extrinsic Titles" in my extensive review of Michael Hoffman's Usury
in Christendom [Culture Wars, August 2013; available by e-mailing this author]).
The definition of riba in the decision of the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan is that the term riba is equal to both interest and usury
; and it is not limited to double and redoubling interest; but it is applied to all kinds of usury
, whether it is in fractions or high, simple or compound; and therefore Islam condemn riba in all forms and manifestation irrespective of their charging rate .
Although he stresses the role played by the exponential increase of expensive consumer debt, especially credit cards and home mortgages, his analysis often fails to draw relevant distinctions between the problems identified by the historic usury
debate and other economic and moral concerns involving excessive speculation; precarious capital investment structures; and the integration of commercial banking, investment banking, and insurance businesses.
While The Mechant of Venice combines the wickedness of usury
with the religion question arising from of the conflict between Shylock the Jew and Antonio the Christian, Timon of Athens continues the subject and relates the theme of usury
to Timon's ruin.
As Charles Geisst succinctly puts it, usury
creates a situation whereby "speculative forces create a value where none is expected.
In the second treatise, Cajetan handles several questions on the nature of usury
and outlines the obligations of those who are involved in certain lending practices.
The Permanent Committee Tasked with Issuing Fatwas has officially prohibited Muslims from buying shares in any financial institutions dealing in usury
, which includes Sunday's initial public offering (IPO) planned by the National Commercial Bank (NCB).
Fifty people have been detained for usury
, speculation and disturbing the peace," said Miguel Rodriguez Torres, the country's justice minister, in a press release that offered no additional details about the people detained or their alleged crimes.