London's Shard building was built with Islamic financing. Karen Prinsloo/EPA /Landov hide caption itoggle caption Karen Prinsloo/EPA /Landov Parallels London Wants To Be A Center Of Islamic Finance. Why? November 1, 2013 Prime Minister David Cameron says the U.K. could issue Islamic bonds as early as next year. The country is already the biggest Islamic finance center outside the Muslim world, and Islamic financing was used to build the Olympic Village. But most important, the sector is expected to grow threefold globally by 2017.