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The adoption of the doctrine of secularism in the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) is clear. Secularism separates human activities in the public sphere from religion.

In Western countries, the development of Islamic finance, which stands on the principles of Shariah, could be impeded due to this doctrine. This is because, in Islam, religion is part and parcel of human life. Unlike the US, the UK has made certain efforts to accommodate Islamic finance needs by amending its regulatory structure.

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