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Book Review of Islam and the Moral Economy (The Challenge of Capitalism), Translated by Mahmoud Abdulhalimو, Reviewed by: Omar El Sayed Aly Hussein مراجعة علمية لكتاب: "تحدي الرأسمالية (الإسلام والاقتصاد الأخلاقي)"، ترجمة محمود عبدالحليم - مراجعة: عمر السيد علي حسين


  • Reviewed by Omar El Sayed Aly Hussein

    (Ain Shams University)


This paper presents a review of Charles Tripp’s book (Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism). Charles Tripp a political science professor at the department of international and political Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London university. The Book studies engagement of Muslim intellectuals with capitalism since the nineteenth century (The fall of the Ottoman Empire) and presents the different trends of thoughts and engagements during and after colonial rule towards it that has changed all aspects of Muslim life. The author detected much similarity with intellectual controversies that happened in the west at the early days of capitalism. He also appraised and critically studied the intellectual and practical institutional contributions of Islamic Economics. This Book review intended to analyze, examine, and discuss Tripp’s critique of Islamic Economics and moral economy in general. The paper concludes that many of the neoclassical school and modernist criticisms to Islamic Economics are contradictory, lack consistency with its methodology, develops many judgements and conclusions based upon false understanding of Shariah Laws, sometimes accusing Islamic economics with failures that are actual directly or indirectly related to conventional economics, also portraying Islamic Shariah of being Idealistic in a subjective manner, and doubts the originality of Islamic rulings falsely based on non-Islamic epistemological basis. The Islamic economic school of thought could benefit from this review realizing the need for greater consideration of raising public knowledge about true prophetic asceticism, Fiqh Muamalat Jurisprudence of financial transactions, establishing human behavioral theories directly from Quran and Sunnah texts, and reviewing classical theoretical economic literature islamically. تقدم هذه الورقة مراجعة علمية تقويمية لكتاب تحدي الرأسمالية (الإسلام والاقتصاد الأخلاقي) لكاتبه تشارلز تريب أستاذ السياسة في قسم الدراسات الدولية والسياسية بكلية الدراسات الشرقية والأفريقية بجامعة لندن. ويدرس الكتاب تعاطي المفكرين المسلمين مع الرأسمالية منذ القرن التاسع عشر (تدهور الدولة العثمانية) ويبين التوجهات المختلفة الناشئة بعده حيال الرأسمالية الداخلة على ديار المسلمين، إذ يرى المؤلف تشابهًا لها مع الاختلافات الفكرية التي حصلت في الغرب حيال الرأسمالية كذلك. وتعرّض المؤلف للجهود الفكرية والمؤسسات التطبيقية للاقتصاد الإسلامي بالنقد والتقويم. وتستهدف هذه المراجعة العلمية للكتاب التحليل والنقد والاستفادة من انتقادات المؤلف على الاقتصاد الإسلامي خصوصًا والاقتصاد الأخلاقي عمومًا. وخلصت الورقة إلى أن كثيرًا من الانتقادات الموجهة من قبل المدرسة النيوكلاسيكية والحداثية للاقتصاد الإسلامي تتسم بالتناقض، والتعدي المنهجي في النقد، وبناء الأحكام على سوء فهم لأحكام الشريعة، وأحيانًا نقض الاقتصاد الإسلامي بما يتصف به الاقتصاد التقليدي، ومعارضة المعايير الإسلامية بدعوى المثالية، وتبني شبهات حول الربا مشابهة بشبهات المعارضين في القرآن. ويستفاد من المراجعة الحاجة الملحة للاهتمام بنشر علوم التزكية، والزهد، والتثقيف العام بالمعاملات الإسلامية، وإثبات الجانب الوصفي من الاقتصاد الإسلامي من القرآن والسنة مباشرة، وإقامة الدراسات النقدية للكتابات التأسيسية للاقتصاد التقليدي.

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  • Reviewed by Omar El Sayed Aly Hussein, 2020. "Book Review of Islam and the Moral Economy (The Challenge of Capitalism), Translated by Mahmoud Abdulhalimو, Reviewed by: Omar El Sayed Aly Hussein مراجعة علمية لكتاب: "تحدي الرأسمالية (الإسلام و," Book reviews and book reports published in the Journal of King Abdulaziz University: Islamic Economics. 1751, King Abdulaziz University, Islamic Economics Institute..
  • Handle: RePEc:abd:jkaubr:1751
    DOI: 10.4197/Islec.33-3.11

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    Moral economy; capitalism; Islamic socialism; Zakat; Islamic banking; Religious authority. الاقتصاد الأخلاقي، الرأسمالية، الاشتراكية الإسلامية، الزكاة، المصرفية الإسلامية.;
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