Islamic Economics: A Short History

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The study covers Muslim economic thought from the emergence of Islam, long before economics became a separate discipline with distinctive analytical tools. The economic environment in ancient Arabia from which Islam emerged is examined, and the economic concepts in the Qur'ān and Sunnah are discussed, as well as the thinking of early Muslim jurists. Detailed consideration is given to Islamic economic thought during the dynasties of the Umayyads and the Abbasids, periods of administrative and economic reform, as well as of much latter developments under the Ottomans, Safawids and Moghuls. Islamic revivalist reform movements are appraised, as these predated the reawakening of interest in Islamic economics in the last century, and subsequent profusion of writing, with the works of the leading contributors reviewed in this volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004151345
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/27/2006
  • Series: Themes in Islamic Studies Series, #3
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodney Wilson is Director of Postgraduate Studies at Durham University’s Institute of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.Ahmed El-Ashker is Professor of Finance in the Faculty of Management Sciences at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand.
Both authors have written numerous books and articles on Islamic economics, banking and finance.
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Table of Contents

Transliteration of Arabic Letters

Pre-Islamic Arabia: Poetry, Tribal Rivalry and Heroism (800 B.C.–10 A.C.)
The Birth of the Islamic State: Economic Thought in the Qur"àn and Sunnah (610 A.C.–632 A.C.)
Thought of the Rightly Guided Caliphs (632 A.C.–661 A.C.)
The Dynastic Caliphates: The Umayyads and the Reforms (661 A.C.–750 A.C.)
The Abbasìd’s Golden Age: The Florescence of Islamic Economics (750 A.C.–1000 A.C.)
Political Fragmentation and Cultural Diversity
(1000 A.C.–1400 A.C.)
The Three Empires and the Islamic Phoenix
(1400 A.C.–1800 A.C.)
The Crisis of Modernisation and Islamicisation:
From Reform to Revival (1800 A.C.–20th Century)
Islamic Economic Renaissance: Islamic Economics in the Twentieth Century


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