Islam and the Institutions of a Free Society: Many Problems, Little Hope
AbstractThe rule of law, constitutional democracy, and market economy are taken as the core institutions of free societies. After arguing that shared values heavily influence institutions, it is asked whether Islamic values are conducive to those institutions. The values are ascertained via the economic ethics of Islam as lived today and the attitudes of some Muslim populations via the analysis of a recent opinion poll. Neither the values nor the attitudes of Muslim societies seem particularly supportive of the institutions of a free society.
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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 17 May 2004
Date of revision: 20 Dec 2004
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Islam; Values; Culture; New Institutional economics; rule of law; constitutional democracy; market economy;
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- P51 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems
- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
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