Duke scholar to discuss role of Islamic law in Middle East development

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: [email protected] Duke scholar to discuss role of Islamic law in Middle East development at April 18 Baker Institute lectureDuke University Professor Timur Kuran will speak on the role Islamic law has played in the economic development of the Middle East April 18 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Kuran’s lecture, based on his 2011 book, “The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East,” will begin at noon in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm.A thousand years ago, the Middle East rivaled — if not exceeded — Europe culturally, economically and politically. Kuran will argue that the region’s failure to keep pace with Europe is due to Islamic legal institutions, which slowed the emergence of a modern economy.Kuran, professor of economics and political science and the Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke, is the editor of “Social and Economic Life in 17th-Century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records,” a projected 10-volume set that examines the institutions that governed socio-economic life in the Eastern Mediterranean.Kuran received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton and his master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford.The event will be webcast at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/the-long-divergence-how-islamic-law-held-back-the-middle-east.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.last_img

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