The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East

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Contents
 Prefaceix
 PART I Introduction 
1The Puzzle of the Middle East’s Economic Underdevelopment3
2Analyzing the Economic Role of Islam25
 PART II Organizational Stagnation 
3Commercial Life under Islamic Rule45
4The Persistent Simplicity of Islamic Partnerships63
5Drawbacks of the Islamic Inheritance System78
6The Absence of the Corporation in Islamic Law97
7Barriers to the Emergence of a Middle Eastern Business Corporation117
8Credit Markets without Banks143
 PART III The Makings of Underdevelopment 
9The Islamization of Non-Muslim Economic Life169
10The Ascent of the Middle East’s Religious Minorities189
11Origins and Fiscal Impact of the Capitulations209
12Foreign Privileges as Facilitators of Impersonal Exchange228
13The Absence of Middle Eastern Consuls254

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