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Economic ideas of a nineteenth century Tunisian statesman: Khayr al-Din al-Tunisi


  • Islahi, Abdul Azim


Khayr al-Din al-Tunisi, a nineteenth century Tunisian scholar and statesman, thought and worked for her politico-economic strengthening and uplift of Tunisia. He was much impressed by the political system of the West and endeavored to create similar political institutions in his own country. In his work Aqwam al-Masalik fi Ma`rifat Ahwal al-Mamalik (The Surest Path to Knowledge Concerning the Condition of Countries) discussed the economic superiority of the West and offered an agenda for Tunisia to improve its economic and political system. Al-Tunisi’s economic ideas appear quite close to the classical European political economy.

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  • Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2012. "Economic ideas of a nineteenth century Tunisian statesman: Khayr al-Din al-Tunisi," MPRA Paper 43519, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:43519

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    Economic ideas of Khair al-din al-Tunisi; History of Islamic Economic thought; Muslim Economic thinking in the 19th century; Maslahah; Capitulation; Ottomans;

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    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches

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