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Muhammad Hamidullah and His Pioneering Works on Islamic Economics


  • Islahi, Abdul Azim


Muhammad Hamidullah was a genius and a prolific writer. Anyone who has interest in the Qur'an's translation, Hadith literature, the Prophet's (peace be upon him) biography, international Islamic law, Islamic politics and archival heritage of Islam, cannot ignore Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah's contributions. But very few may be aware that he was one of the pioneers of modern Islamic economics. Hamidullah started his writings on Islamic economics in 1930s. In fact, it is not easy to get records of some of his early writings. Some of his articles were published in journals that discontinued publication. This may be one of the reasons why his contribution to Islamic economics could not be fully known. The editor's three papers - “Hamidullah: Life and Works”, “An Introduction to Hamidullah's Contributions to Islamic Economics”, and “Zakah as the State Finance: A Critical Study of Hamidullah’s Views” - give plenty of information about Dr. Hamidullah’s personality and multifaceted achievements in Islamic sciences in general and Islamic economics in particular. The book also contains collection of Dr. Hamidullah’s papers with useful notes and editing and corrections.

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  • Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2014. "Muhammad Hamidullah and His Pioneering Works on Islamic Economics," MPRA Paper 75286, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:75286

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    1. Islahi, Abdu Azim, 2014. "“The Genesis of Islamic Economics” Revisited," MPRA Paper 68367, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2015.
    2. Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2015. "The Genesis of Islamic Economics Revisited By Abdul Azim Islahi," Islamic Economic Studies, The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), vol. 23, pages 1-28.

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    Hamidullah; Islamic Economics; Mutuality based takaful; Zakah; Islamic Insurance; Interest-Free Cooperative Lending Societies; Interest-Free Islamic Monetary Fund; Economic System of Islam; Islamic Public Finance.;
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    JEL classification:

    • B3 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion


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