Islamic Law and Economic Development

  title={Islamic Law and Economic Development},
  author={Jared Rubin},
This chapter discusses the connection between Islamic law and economic development in the historic and contemporary Middle East. I make the case that Islamic law has had a detrimental impact on Middle Eastern economic growth for two related reasons. The first is that there are elements of Islamic doctrine which make Islam conducive to legitimizing political rule. This entails that Muslim rulers have historically given religious authorities a seat at the bargaining table over laws and policies… CONTINUE READING