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Corruption from the Islamic perspective: Some recommendations for the MENA region

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  • Mevliyar Er

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Purpose - In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region several factors contribute to corruption with a consequence of savings being squandered away and funds withheld from productive investments. This paper aims to argue that Muslim countries have a competitive advantage over the industrialized world in that the Islamic faith is important to the populace, which the west lacks and is trying to replace it with substitutes like for instance moral education in schools. Design/methodology/approach - The paper examines corruption in the light of the Findings - Moral renovation in Muslim societies appears to be easier to realize than in western societies once its underlying cause, notably poverty, is tackled. Self-restraint is an absolute prerequisite for a successful fight against corruption. Organizational instruments against corruption can only succeed to eliminate corruption only through political leaders committed to weeding out corruption. Originality/value - The paper informs educationalists, policy makers, entrepreneurs in the MENA region that Islamic ethics must be the guiding force behind all good economic attitudes.

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  • Mevliyar Er, 2008. "Corruption from the Islamic perspective: Some recommendations for the MENA region," International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 1(1), pages 31-51, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:imefpp:v:1:y:2008:i:1:p:31-51
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    Middle East; North Africa; Islam; Corruption; Ethics;

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