The political consequences of Islam's economic legacy


Journal Article

Several of the Middle East's traditional economic institutions hampered its political development by limiting checks on executive power, preventing the formation of organized and durable opposition movements, and keeping civil society weak. They include Islam's original tax system, which failed to protect property rights; the waqf, whose rigidity hampered the development of civil society; and private commercial enterprises, whose small scales and short lives blocked the development of private coalitions able to bargain with the state. These institutions contributed to features that sustain autocracies and keep democracies unstable: high corruption, low trust, widespread nepotism and high tolerance for law-breaking. © The Author(s) 2013.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kuran, T

Published Date

  • May 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 4-5

Start / End Page

  • 395 - 405

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-734X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0191-4537

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0191453713477350

Citation Source

  • Scopus