The Challenge of Poverty and the Poverty of Islamic Economics

Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 35-58

24 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2009 Last revised: 29 Aug 2014

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

In the past half century Islamic economics was eclipsed by Islamic finance movement. Gradually Islamic economics has taken a back seat without any economy to back it up empirically. Although Islamic finance emerged as an offshoot of Islamic economics and with the blessing and advocacy from Islamic economists, prevailing patterns of Islamic finance are markedly delinked from any broader developmental goals. Can Islamic economics step up to the challenge of poverty, or is Islamic economics itself suffering from poverty of substance? Those are the questions dealt with in this exploratory paper.

Keywords: Islamic economics, poverty, Islamic finance, zakat, economic development, poverty alleviation

JEL Classification: 016, L31, B19, Z12

Suggested Citation

Farooq, Mohammad Omar, The Challenge of Poverty and the Poverty of Islamic Economics (2008). Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 35-58, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1403989

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