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Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism

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The doctrine of "Islamic economics" entered debates over the social role of Islam in the mid-twentieth century. Since then it has pursued the goal of restructuring economies according to perceived Islamic teachings. Beyond its most visible practical achievement--the establishment of Islamic banks meant to avoid interest--it has promoted Islamic norms of economic behavior a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 25th 2005 by Princeton University Press (first published April 12th 2004)
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Jodi
Apr 03, 2011 Jodi added it
I definitely had issues with this book. Kuran uses broad brushstrokes to paint Islam in a negative light without using concrete evidence. Furthermore, his analysis focuses on few Islamic countries. His focus when it comes to facts and figures is centered around Turkey with little compare/contrast between other Islamic countries.
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Jun 11, 2010 Muhammad rated it really liked it
Why is it that despite the tremendous amount of wealth that has been created over the centuries, Muslim nations still remain economically backward? Could it be due to the fact that Muslims have stayed away from conventional investments for fear of interest? Or is it a general failure of Muslims in general to truly embrace capitalism in favour of more “Islamic” economic systems?

Timur Kuran discusses these issues in a series of well-researched essays compiled in this timely book. In them, he explo
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Ietrio
May 13, 2016 Ietrio rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
Mammon is a character and concept from the christian bible. But this volume is about islam. Than I discover a mess of terms that can or can not be equivalent: islam, islamism and muslim. And gosh! 200 pages to cover many countries with dramatically different backgrounds? Talking about simple minded. Only whom? The third of the global population or just Timur Kuran?
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Born in 1954 in New York City, where his parents lived while graduate students at Yale University, Kuran spent his early childhood in Ankara, where his father taught at the Middle East Technical University. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Istanbul. For a decade, he lived just off the campus of Boğaziçi University, where his father was president and professor of Islamic architectural hi ...more
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