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Mercantilism and the Muslim states: Lessons from the history


  • Islahi, Abdul Azim


Mercantilism was the dominant current of economic thinking and practice during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries till the emergence of physiocracy. The scientific discoveries in Europe helped the development of mercantilism in many ways. Discovery of new world provided them with new market and a new all water route of European trade through the Cape of the Good Hope. On all these fronts the Muslim states lagged behind. Their absence from this front left the merchant-patronizing governments free to impoverish a larger part of the world by establishing colonies and exploiting them to their own benefit. The development of mercantilism marked the shift of paradigm. It ignored ethical considerations and destroyed moral values that had been hitherto inseparable part of economic thinking and practices.

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  • Islahi, Abdul Azim, 1991. "Mercantilism and the Muslim states: Lessons from the history," MPRA Paper 22632, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 1991.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:22632

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    1. Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2006. "The emergence of mercantilism as a reaction against Muslim power: some of the evidences from history," MPRA Paper 18384, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 18 Feb 2007.
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    1. Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2014. "What Did Hold Back the Middle East? The Thesis of The Long Divergence Revisited," MPRA Paper 75263, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2015.

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    Pre-classical Economics; price and market; Pre-Smithian Pricing Mechanism.;

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    • B0 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General
    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design


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