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The myth of Bryson and economic thought in Islam

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  • 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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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 18174.

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Date of creation: 05 Feb 2008
Publication status: Published in Journal of King Abdulaziz University - Islamic Economics 1.21(2008): pp. 57-64
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18174
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