Issuance of Islamic bonds - or sukuk - has risen dramatically in recent years, from $7.59 billion in 2005 to $18.13 billion the following year, according to Bloomberg Islamic Capital Markets. That rise in issuance reflected the strong growth in demand from Islamic investors for assets that comply with sharia (Islamic law). However, new issuance volumes fell sharply in the first quarter of this year to $1.96 billion. That compares with $4.72 billion in the corresponding period of 2007.
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