Jared Rubin: Rulers, religion, and riches: Why the West got rich and the Middle East did not?

@article{Koyama2017JaredRR,
  title={Jared Rubin: Rulers, religion, and riches: Why the West got rich and the Middle East did not?},
  author={Mark Koyama},
  journal={Public Choice},
  year={2017},
  volume={172},
  pages={549-552}
}
  • Mark Koyama
  • Published 15 June 2017
  • Economics, History
  • Public Choice
The central puzzle posed by Jared Rubin in this excellent new book is: Why did sustained economic growth begin in north-western Europe as opposed to the Islamic Middle East? Circa 1000 CE, the Middle East was undoubtedly the more advanced region, as measured by levels of urbanization, commercial development, and trade. Bagdad was probably the largest city in the world and the majority of the largest urban centers in Europe and the Middle East were Muslim. But by 1750, on the eve of the… 

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