Persia/Iran

Authored by: Hamid Hosseini

Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415508490
eBook ISBN: 9781315761084
Adobe ISBN: 9781317644125

10.4324/9781315761084.ch20

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Abstract

While we can accurately regard modern economics as predominantly a Western social science, and cannot ignore the contributions of ancient Greeks to this science, we should by no means ignore the contributions of non-Western civilizations to this old branch of social thought. This is particularly true of medieval Muslims in general and medieval Persian-speaking (Iranian) scholars in particular. As this chapter will demonstrate, medieval Persian scholars contributed a great deal to the development of economics when few such ideas were being generated in Christian Europe.

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