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Al-Asadi and his work al-Taysir: A study of his socio-economic ideas

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Muḥammad bin Muḥammad bin Khalīl al-Asadī lived in A.H. 9th/ C.E. 15th century. The details of his birth, life and death remain obscure. He authored many works on the socio-economic problems of his time. All these works have disappeared without trace except one: al-Taysīr (the Facilitation). This surviving work is the only source of information about his life and his ideas. He suggested efficient market administration, public distribution of food, elimination of monopolies, monetary reform, management of public income and expenditure, embryonic quantitative use in production and distribution, and measurement of inflation. The depth and significance of his ideas remains largely unexplored. The present paper attempts to address this need.

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  • Islahi, Abdul Azim, 2016. "Al-Asadi and his work al-Taysir: A study of his socio-economic ideas," MPRA Paper 80122, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2016.
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    3. Islahi, Abdul Azim & Ghazanfar, Shaikh Mohammad, 1998. "Economic Thought of al-Ghazali," MPRA Paper 53465, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2011.
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    Keywords

    Economics of al-Asadi; Monetary Reform; Mirror for Princes; Measurement of Inflation; al-Hisbah; Mamlūk Economics; Kitab al-Taysir;
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    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • 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

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