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The myth of Bryson and economic thought in Islam


  • Islahi, Abdul Azim


The inspiration for the present note comes primarily from a statement in the old edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. In its volume four on page number 595, Heffening (1934) states that to Helmut Ritter ‘the whole economic literature of Islam can be traced to economics of Neo-pythagorean Bryson’ (emphasis added). In 1917 the German writer Ritter edited and translated Abu Ja`far al-Dimashqi’s treatise Kitab al-Isharah ila Mahasin al-Tijarah. In his introduction of the book he noted the said remark. It is this unqualified statement that we dispute here.

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  • Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2008. "The myth of Bryson and economic thought in Islam," MPRA Paper 18174, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18174

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    Cited by:

    1. Abdul Azim Islahi, 2014. "History of Islamic Economic Thought," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 16105.
    2. Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2009. "Islamic economic thinking in the 12th AH/18th CE century with special reference to Shah Wali-Allah al-Dihlawi," MPRA Paper 75432, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2009.
    3. Muhammad Nejatullah Siddiqi, 2014. "Methodology of Islamic economics," Chapters,in: Handbook on Islam and Economic Life, chapter 4, pages iii-iii Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    History of Islamic Economic Thought; Greek Economic Thought; Economic Thought; Development of Islamic Thought; Bryson.;

    JEL classification:

    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General
    • A19 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Other
    • B11 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Preclassical (Ancient, Medieval, Mercantilist, Physiocratic)


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