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Transaction Costs and Islam: Explaining Conversion in Africa

  • Jean Ensminger
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    The association between the expansion of trade and conversion to Islam has been noted all over the world. In this paper the author integrates the data from Africa with a transaction cost argument that helps explain the economic logic behind this oft-noted association. The author also considers the case of the recent conversion to Islam by the Orma of East Africa, which fits the general pattern for Africa.

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    Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

    Volume (Year): 153 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 4-

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    Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(199703)153:1_4:tcaiec_2.0.tx_2-h
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