The Genealogy of Islamic Economics: Tradition, Modernity, and the Moral Self

A seminar with Sami Al-Daghistani, University of Oslo.

Free admission and open to all. 

The birth of contemporary Islamic economics was colored by the evolution and classification of the modern natural and social sciences, as well as by 19th century socioeconomic and political developments in the Middle East and South Asia, as many Muslim revivalists across the region envisioned an Islamic society with Sharī‘a as a legal paradigm. 

Yet, analysing classical Islamic scholarship on economics reveals that economic thought in Islamic tradition is the least concerned with economics and law, in terms of material prosperity, consumption, and the transfer of wealth. Rather, it pertains to much broader human relations and behavioural patterns of spiritual, metaphysical, and moreover, moral qualities that are generated from the moral cosmology of Shari'a.​


Sami Al-Daghistani is a Research Fellow at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, and a Research Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University. He has achieved a double-PhD in Islamic Studies (degree to be conferred in October 2017)​ under the mentorship of Maurits Berger (Leiden University), Marco Schöller (WWU Münster) and Wael Hallaq (Columbia University), and has published on Islamic intellectual history, economic thought in Islamic tradition, and legal discourse.


Sami's two monographs Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Economic Philosophy between Shari'a and Sufism, and The Making of Islamic Economics: Epistemological Inquiry into Islam's Moral Economic Teaching, Legal Discourse, and Islamization Process are forthcoming in 2017.

Published Aug. 25, 2017 2:37 PM - Last modified Nov. 22, 2017 2:56 PM