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Indonesia looks to Islamic schools to spur Sharia banking

Lack of expertise and assets holding back faith-banking sector

Students study scripture at the Lirboyo Islamic boarding school in the eastern Java town of Kediri in June.   © Getty Images

JAKARTA Donna has been in the Islamic banking industry for only four months, but the thought of going back to work for a conventional bank has already crossed his mind.

"It is supposed to be easy because the people are mostly Muslims, but Islamic banks don't have the loan schemes that conventional banks have, which are more convenient for customers' businesses," he said.

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