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Islam and the Moral Economy


  • Page extent: 240 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.39 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521682442 | ISBN-10: 0521682444)

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How do modern Muslims adapt their traditions to engage with today's world? Charles Tripp's erudite and incisive book considers one of the most significant challenges faced by Muslims over the last sixty years: the challenge of capitalism. By reference to the works of noted Muslim scholars, the author shows how, faced by this challenge, these intellectuals devised a range of strategies which have enabled Muslims to remain true to their faith, whilst engaging effectively with a world not of their own making. The work is framed around the development of their ideas on Islamic socialism, economics and the rationale for Islamic banking. While some Muslims have resorted to confrontation or insularity to cope with the challenges of modernity, most have aspired to innovation and ingenuity in the search for compromise and interaction with global capitalism in the twenty-first century.


Acknowledgements; Glossary; Introduction; 1. The 'social problem'; 2. Islamic social critics; 3. Islamic socialism; 4. Islamic economics and Islamic banks; 5. Repertoires of resistance: Islamic anti-capitalism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.


"Surprisingly, despite the importance of the topic, little has been published concerning the specifically Islamic responses to capitalism as a social and conomic phenomenon. Charles Tripp's Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenges of Capitalism fills this significant gap in the literature. In one sense, it is a lively and well thought out survey of what dozens of major Muslim thinkers have thought about capitalism. As such, the value of the book lies less in its contribution to the literature on any particular individual than in its gathering together in one placea wealth of information on the great Muslim thinkers, often inaccessible to the average Westerner." - Robert Looney, Middle East Journal

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