Labor in an Islamic Setting: Theory and Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Labor in an Islamic Setting

Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Necmettin Kizilkaya, Toseef Azid


146 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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The Islamic labor market rests on the principles of the free market exchange of Islamic economics. Regrettably, the latter has failed to keep pace with the rapidly growing academic and professional developments of the former. Much of the published work within Islamic economics is idealistic if not radically ideological with little relevance to the Islamic labor market, leaving students of Islamic economics without a coherent body of economic theory to understand the practical objectives of Shariah that gives a sense of direction to the developments in this field. Drawing upon received sources of goals of Shariah, the authors present an independent academic work which:

  • Emphasizes the common conceptual grounds of labor market behavior shared by the objectives of Shariah approach as well as the conventional approach to economics.
  • Adopts standard tools of contemporary economics to explain the industrial relations.
  • Extends the conventional scope of the labor market and forces of the labor market under the umbrella of Shariah.
  • Enables readers and practitioners of Islamic economics to make economic sense of Shariah compliance and human resource development.
  • Explains how the economics of Shariah is liable to offer moral guidance and a sense of direction to regulators and practitioners of the Islamic labor market.

Labor in an Islamic Setting will be of interest to postgraduate students, academics, middle and senior management in both the western and the Islamic business communities, researchers and policy makers.


"The dearth of works on labour theory from an Islamic economics perspective is surely filled by the publication of this book. The book is indeed an excellent initial step in the field of Islamic economics…The editors deserve appreciation for producing this specialised volume." - The Muslim World Book Review

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Toseef Azid and Necmettin Kizilkaya

2 The Labour Market in an Islamic Setting:Review and Prospects

Toseef Azid

3 Division of Labour and its Theoretical FoundationsComparing Ibn Khaldun and Adam Smith

Yasien Mohamed

4 A critical examination of the concept of ‘human capital’: Perspective of Islamic economic jurisprudence

Zeyneb Hafsa Orhan Aström

5 The Conceptions of Labor, Workers’ Rights and Migration in Islam

Latife Reda

6 The Test of Islamic Sensibility With Poverty: The State And Women Workers in The Last Period of Ottoman Empire

Kadir Yildrim

7 Islamic Ethics and Migrant Labor in Qatar

Ray Jureidini

8 Inequality, Labor Market and Economic Growth in the MENA Region: Is Governance the Missing Ingredient to Alleviate the Situation?

Matallah Siham, Bounoua Chaiband Benbouziane Mohamed

9 A Progressive Universal Islamic Perspective on Free Mobility of Labor

Muhammad Iqbal Anjum

10 A Comparative Study of Views and Role of Labor in Marxian, Mainstream and Islamic Economics

Salman Ahmed Shaikh

About the Editors

Associate Professor Necmettin Kizilkaya is an Associate Professor of Islamic Law, Istanbul University, Turkey. He has also worked as a visiting fellow at Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies and as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Department of Anthropology. He has written several books and had a number of papers published in refereed journals in the fields of Islamic economics and Islamic law.

Professor Toseef Azid has 35 years’ experience in teaching at university level in different parts of the world (USA, UK, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) and research experience in forecasting models, development economics and Islamic economics. Currently he is working as Professor of Islamic Economics and Finance at College of Business, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. He has published one book and more than 50 articles in refereed international journals as well as contributing numerous conference papers.

About the Series

Islamic Business and Finance Series

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.

The series will be pitched at a level to appeal to middle and senior management in both the western and the Islamic business communities. For the manager with a western background the series will provide detailed and up-to-date briefings on important topics; for the academics, postgraduates, business communities, manager with western and an Islamic background the series will provide a guide to best practice in business in Islamic communities around the world, including Muslim minorities in the west and majorities in the rest of the world.

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