This book discusses the idea that there is a specific Islamic form of entrepreneurship. Based on extensive original research amongst small and medium sized enterprises in Saudi Arabia, it shows how businesses are started and how they grow in the context of an Islamic economy and society. It argues that as specific Islamic approaches to a wide range of economic activities are being formulated and implemented, there is indeed a particular Islamic approach to entrepreneurship.
Examining the relationship between Islamic values and entrepreneurial activity, the book considers whether such values can be more effectively used in order to raise the profile of Islamic entrepreneurship, and also to promote alternatives to development in the contemporary business environment. The book analyses the nature of entrepreneurship, and the special qualities of Islamic entrepreneurship, and discusses how the Islamic approach to entrepreneurship can be encouraged and developed further still
Table of Contents
1. The Focus and the Context of the Research 2. Entrepreneurship and Development 3. Entrepreneurship and Development: An Islamic Perspective 4. Saudi Economic Development: Entrepreneurship as a Viable Diversification Strategy 5. Research Methodology and Fieldwork Experiences 6. The Attitudes of Saudi Entrepreneurs 7. The Views and the Approaches Of Saudi Entrepreneurs (Case Studies) 8. The Realities and the Landscape Of Saudi Entrepreneurship 9. Discussions 10. Conclusions
Rasem N. Kayed is an Assistant Professor at the Arab American University, Palestine. He has over 20 years experience both in the commercial and the academic world in the USA, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Palestine. M. Kabir Hassan is a Professor at the University of New Orleans, USA. He is editor of the Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, and his publications include (as co-editor) Handbook of Islamic Banking and Islamic Finance, and Islamic Capital Market: Products and Strategies.
"Summing Up: Recommended. Islamic economics and Islamic studies collection, upper-division undergraduate through research."--R. M. Whaples, CHOICE (February 2012)