Economic Ideas of Rifa`ah al-Tahtawi
AbstractThe present paper studies economic ideas of an Azharite graduate of the nineteenth century Egypt - Rifā‘ah Rāfi‘ al-Tahtāwī who was influenced by the French Scholars and Philosophers, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Mantesquieu. He wrote on significance of industry, productive and unproductive labor, importance of foreign trade, competition, and equal opportunity for all. According to him justice, freedom and human brotherhood are the foundations of economic welfare. He strived for women's economic empowerment. He was not simply a follower of Western economic ideas. He added to them human norms and Islamic values. Although born in an age of laissez faire, he advocated for a role of Government in economic matters.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 41009.
Date of creation: 2012
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Western Banking and Riba; Nineteenth Century Muslim Economic Thinking; History of Islamic Economic Thought;
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