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Economic Ideas of Rifa`ah al-Tahtawi

Abdul Azim Islahi ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The present paper studies economic ideas of an Azharite graduate of the nineteenth century Egypt - Rifā‘ah Rāfi‘ al-Tahtāwī who was influenced by the French Scholars and Philosophers, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Mantesquieu. He wrote on significance of industry, productive and unproductive labor, importance of foreign trade, competition, and equal opportunity for all. According to him justice, freedom and human brotherhood are the foundations of economic welfare. He strived for women's economic empowerment. He was not simply a follower of Western economic ideas. He added to them human norms and Islamic values. Although born in an age of laissez faire, he advocated for a role of Government in economic matters.

Keywords: Western Banking and Riba; Nineteenth Century Muslim Economic Thinking; History of Islamic Economic Thought (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B31 H80 B00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-his and nep-hpe
Date: 2012
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