Description - The Politics of Islamic Finance by Clement M. Henry
Can the contemporary Islamic finance movement be shown to meet the requirements of modern commerce? In the wake of the terrorist attacks on America, the UN Security Council passed a resolution targeting transnational sources of terrorist funds. The US and the International Monetary Fund are encouraging the governments of the Middle East to adopt policies of economic liberalism and a new type of capitalism, based on Islamic values and beliefs, is emerging. The aims of this book are: to explore the political implications of the slow but steady accumulation of Islamic capital; to analyse the connections between Islamic finance and Islamic political movements in Middle Eastern and North African countries; and to show that the commonly-perceived connection between Islamic finance and money laundering and terrorism is by no means the complete picture. Readers should learn to appreciate the various political contexts in which Islamic finance operates in the Middle East and North Africa and should acquire some understanding of its political as well as economic constraints. Hopefully, possible misunderstandings about Islamic banking and finance should be corrected.
The book is divided into two parts - part one is thematic and lays the ground for the country-specific case studies in part two (covering the Sudan, Kuwait, Jordan, Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt). The contributors include political scientists, economists and historians.
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Author Biography - Clement M. Henry
Clement Henry is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of The Mediterranean Debt Crescent (1997) and co-author (with Robert Springborg) of Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East (2001). Rodney Wilson is a Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs at the University of Durham.