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An Islamic perspective of industrial relations: the case of Pakistan

  • Syed, Jawad

The aim of this paper is to describe an Islamic perspective of industrial relations (IR). Based on a review of literature on IR in Islam including a reading of the principal sources of Islam (the Qur'an and the Hadith), the paper identifies two divergent ethical approaches to IR: a pro-equality (neutral) approach and a pro-social justice (affirmative) approach. In its second half, the paper offers a case study of IR in Pakistan. The study suggests that the two divergent Islamic approaches to IR may be seen as having ambiguous implications for labor laws and trade unions in Pakistan (and possibly other Muslim majority countries).

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 13684.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion 4.5(2008): pp. 417-440
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13684
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  1. Boyd Black, 2001. "National Culture and Industrial Relations and Pay Structures," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 15(2), pages 257-277, 06.
  2. Jawad Syed, 2008. "A context-specific perspective of equal employment opportunity in Islamic societies," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 25(1), pages 135-151, January.
  3. Streeck, Wolfgang, 1998. "The internationalization of industrial relations in Europe: Prospects and problems," MPIfG Discussion Paper 98/2, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
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