Islamic Macroeconomics proposes an Islamic model that offers significant prospects for economic growth and durable macroeconomic stability, and which is immune to the defects of the economic models prevailing both in developed and developing countries. An Islamic model advocates a limited government confined to its natural duties of defence, justice, education, health, infrastructure, regulation, and welfare of the vulnerable population. It prohibits interest-based debt and money, and requires full liberalization of all markets including labor, financial, commodity, trade, and foreign exchange markets. The government should be Sharia-compliant in its taxation power and regulatory intervention; it ought to reduce unproductive spending in favor of productive spending.
This book is essential reading for students and academics of Islamic economics and finance, economists, practitioners, and researchers.
List of figures List of tables Preface Acknowledgments 1. Nature and dangers of statism 2. The government from a Sharia perspective 3. Sharia free market model 4. Zakat: A mandatory redistributive principle of a Sharia model 5. Fiscal policy from a Sharia perspective 6. Nature of money in Sharia 7. On the nature of inflationary financing 8. On the nature of financial repression 9. Sharia banking and capital markets sector 10. A fully liberalized labor market 11. Sharia free trade and foreign exchange policy 12. Growth policy and private sector development Conclusions Index
There is an increasing need for western politicians, financiers, bankers, and indeed the western business community in general to have access to high quality and authoritative texts on Islamic financial and business practices. Drawing on expertise from across the Islamic world, this new series will provide carefully chosen and focused monographs and collections, each authored/edited by an expert in their respective field all over the world.
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