Dow Jones Islamic Market Index

The Dow Jones Islamic Market Index (DJIM), launched in 1999 in Bahrain, was the first index created for investors seeking investments in compliance with Muslim Sharia law.

The DJIM has an independent Shari’ah Supervisory Board. The DJIM screens have been adopted by the Auditing & Accounting Organization of Islamic Financial Institutions (“AAOIFI”)-Standard 21.

The DJIM measure the performance of a global universe of investable equities that have been screened for Shari’ah compliance consistent with Dow Jones Indexes’ methodology. The selection universe for the DJIM family of indexes is the same as the universe for the Dow Jones World Index, a broad-market index that seeks to provide approximately 95% market coverage of 44 countries.

The first level of DJIM screening removes companies involved in such products alcohol, pork-related products, conventional financial services (e.g. banks and insurance companies), entertainment (e.g. hotels, casinos, gambling etc.), tobacco, and weapons and defense. A second level of DJIM screening based on financial ratios, is intended to remove companies based on debt and interest income levels in their balance sheets.

Stocks of companies that pass both sets of screens are included in the DJIM. All other indexes in the DJIM family are created as subsets of this benchmark.


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