The Economic Performance of Civilizations: Roles of Culture, Religion, and the Law
The purpose of this conference is to make progress toward identifying and isolating the effects of religion, cultures and legal systems on the economic trajectories of civilizations. The participants belong to several disciplines and they vary greatly in geographic emphasis. The civilizations to be studied comparatively include those of East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Contexts to be emphasized include commercial organizations, public finance, state formation, property rights and industrial organizations. The conference is co-sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.
Session III: Islamic Law, Administration, and Public Finance
Chair: Timur Kuran
Discussants: Ramzi Rouighi, Jeffrey Nugent, and Barkley Rosser
Said Arjomand, Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook “The Legal and Administrative Framework of Civic and Economic Activity: A Comparison of the Safavid and Ottoman Empires in the 17th and 18th Centuries”
KivanÃ§ Karaman, Department of Economics, BogaziÃ§i University Low Tax Rate in the Countryside, Strong Administration at the Center: The Ottoman Classical Age
Metin CoÅŸgel, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut Law and State Power: The Institutional Roots of the Strong State in Islamic History