Friday, July 07, 2006

the egalitarian face of islamic orthodoxy

New study finds religious orthodoxy associated with support for progressive economic reforms

In research based on survey data from seven predominantly Muslim nations (Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia) the authors found that Islamic orthodoxy -- identified as the desire to implement Islamic law (shari'a) as the sole legal foundation of their nation -- is associated in every country with support for such progressive economic reforms as increasing the responsibility of government for the poor, reducing income inequality, and increasing government ownership of businesses and industries.


Leila M. said...

yep, thats just islamic economics to begin with. There's a good (shi'i) book called "Our Economics" by Baqir al-Sadr (yes, the same bloodline as ole muqtada, but with far more brains). It's actually a very good read

Huhu, but when I read the title of this entry, my firth thought was of orthodoxy in general (all faiths) or perhaps conservativism... and I was like "uh no!" Esp in light of old pat rob'tson

Abdul-Halim V. said...

For some reason not everyone sees that as "Islamic economics to begin with".