This book assesses the capabilities of an Islamic approach in aiding self-organisation by examining the case of the occupied Palestinian territories in conjunction with a comparative analysis of four other nations. Three main mechanisms of Islamic development are explored; finance, microfinance and charity. Identifying the need to recognise the non-linear nature of societal interaction at the individual, community and state levels, the book uses complexity theory to better understand development. It assesses the role of Islamic development at macro and micro levels and identifies issues with rigid and hierarchical policy making.
Introduction 1. The Practicality of Islamic Development Mechanisms 2. Comparative Studies: Iran and Egypt 3. Comparative Studies: Malaysia and Lebanon 4. The Occupied Palestinian Territories 5. Islamic Finance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories 6. Islamic Microfinance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories 7. Zakat and Islamic Charities in the West Bank 8. Conclusion