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In the year 1000 the economy of the Middle East was at least as advanced as that of Europe But by 1800 the region had fallen dramatically behind in living standards technology and economic institutions In short the Middle East had failed to modernize economically as the West surged ahead What caused this long divergence And why does the Middle East remain drastically underdeveloped compared to the West In The Long Divergence one of the world's leading experts on Islamic economic institutions and the economy of the Middle East provides a new answer to these long debated uestions Timur Kuran argues that what slowed the economic development of the Middle East was not colonialism or geography still less Muslim attitudes or some incompatibility between Islam and capitalism Rather starting around the tenth century Islamic legal institutions which had benefitted the Middle Eastern economy in the early centuries of Islam began to act as a drag on development by slowing or blocking the emergence of central features of modern economic life including private capital accumulation corporations large scale production and impersonal exchange By the nineteenth century modern economic institutions began to be transplanted to the Middle East but its economy has not caught up And there is no uick fix today Low trust rampant corruption and weak civil societies all characteristic of the region's economies today and all legacies of its economic history will take generations to overcome The Long Divergence opens up a frank and honest debate on a crucial issue that even some of the most ardent secularists in the Muslim world have hesitated to discuss. One must warn prospective readers that this book is not another anti Islamic polemical tractIt is a comprehensive scholarly account of the historical imp

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In the year 1000 the economy of the Middle East was at least as advanced as that of Europe But by 1800 the region had fallen dramatically behind in living standards technology and economic institutions In short the Middle East had failed to modernize economically as the West surged ahead What caused this long divergence And why does the Middle East remain drastically underdeveloped compared to the West In The Long Divergence one of the world's leading experts on Islamic economic institutions and the economy of the Middle East provides a new answer to these long debated uestions Timur Kuran argues that what slowed the economic development of the Middle East was not colonialism or geography still less Muslim attitudes or some incompatibility between Islam and capitalism Rather starting around the tenth century Islamic legal institutions which had benefitted the Middle Eastern economy in the early centuries of Islam began to act as a drag on development by slowing or blocking the emergence of central features of modern economic life including private capital accumulation corporations large scale production and impersonal exchange By the nineteenth century modern economic institutions began to be transplanted to the Middle East but its economy has not caught up And there is no uick fix today Low trust rampant corruption and weak civil societies all characteristic of the region's economies today and all legacies of its economic history will take generations to overcome The Long Divergence opens up a frank and honest debate on a crucial issue that even some of the most ardent secularists in the Muslim world have hesitated to discuss. I bought this book after reading a review about it in a magazine The subject is interesting both because I was interested why islamic countries are so mu

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In the year 1000 the economy of the Middle East was at least as advanced as that of Europe But by 1800 the region had fallen dramatically behind in living standards technology and economic institutions In short the Middle East had failed to modernize economically as the West surged ahead What caused this long divergence And why does the Middle East remain drastically underdeveloped compared to the West In The Long Divergence one of the world's leading experts on Islamic economic institutions and the economy of the Middle East provides a new answer to these long debated uestions Timur Kuran argues that what slowed the economic development of the Middle East was not colonialism or geography still less Muslim attitudes or some incompatibility between Islam and capitalism Rather starting around the tenth century Islamic legal institutions which had benefitted the Middle Eastern economy in the early centuries of Islam began to act as a drag on development by slowing or blocking the emergence of central features of modern economic life including private capital accumulation corporations large scale production and impersonal exchange By the nineteenth century modern economic institutions began to be transplanted to the Middle East but its economy has not caught up And there is no uick fix today Low trust rampant corruption and weak civil societies all characteristic of the region's economies today and all legacies of its economic history will take generations to overcome The Long Divergence opens up a frank and honest debate on a crucial issue that even some of the most ardent secularists in the Muslim world have hesitated to discuss. I d recommend this book to everyone interested in economic history of Middle East The author relates different economic issues from historical point of v


5 thoughts on “The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East

  1. says:

    I bought this book after reading a review about it in a magazine The subject is interesting both because I was interested why islamic countries are so much behind Europe while they once were advanced I am also interested what factors generally have promoted progress and which not The point of view that the main factor affecting progress is in the system or culture level is interesting I have also encountered this point of view in

  2. says:

    I'd recommend this book to everyone interested in economic history of Middle East The author relates different economic issues from historical point of view

  3. says:

    One must warn prospective readers that this book is not another anti Islamic polemical tractIt is a comprehensive scholar

  4. says:

    This is a book well worth reading simply because it tries to explain that a large part of the difference between the material proper

  5. says:

    When in law school I studied Islamic legal theory I wish this book had existed then But even for a lay reader who is interested in social development and asks why the Islamic world seems not to have been able to develop a modern commercial society this book will provide insight into whyThis is not an easy book It presumes some know

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