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Kuran, Timur
The long divergence : how Islamic law held back the Middle East / Timur Kuran
Alternate Title How Islamic law held back the Middle East
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HC415.15 .K87 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Middle East -- Economic conditions
Middle East -- Economic policy
Subject(s) Economic development -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Islamic law -- Economic aspects
Islam -- Economic aspects
Physical Description xvi, 405 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-391) and index
Contents The puzzle of the Middle East's economic retardation -- Analyzing the economic role of Islam -- Commercial life under Islamic rule -- Stagnation of Islamic commercial organization -- Constraining features of the Islamic inheritance system -- The absence of the corporation in Islamic law -- Barriers to the emergence of a Middle Eastern business corporation -- Credit markets without banks -- The Islamization of non-Muslim economic life -- The ascent of the Middle East's religious minorities -- Origins and fiscal impact of the capitulations -- Foreign privileges as facilitators of impersonal exchange -- The absence of Middle Eastern consuls -- Did Islam inhibit economic development?

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