Plan for “Islamic Economics”

Notes:

· Click here to view this plan in Arabic

· Plan for the related (but independent) “Arab Spring Manifesto” can be found here

· Sections in bold are completed; the rest are in progress

· I’m currently looking for publishing options; it may mean stopping online publishing at some point

· If you wish to help, leave a comment and I’ll follow up. I need all the help I can get.

 

Islamic Economics

 

Part 1: Scope of the Study

1.1 How This Started

The Screaming Need

Why “Islamic”?

Review of the Literature

What this Book Is & Isn’t

1.2 To My Audience

To the Specialist

To the Non-Specialist

 

 

Part 2: Economics by Metaphor

2.1 The Economy of Fish Island

Economic Value

Production

Property

Trade

Saving

Technology

Money

Price

Investment

Labor

Banking

The Commons

Government

2.2 Back to Earth

What is Economics?

The Lesson

Placing Economics

 

 

Part 3: The Economic Spectrum

3.1 A Look at the Spectrum

3.2 Traversing the Spectrum

What is a strong economy?

Who sets the rules?

What is property?

Who owns unclaimed resources?

What is money?

Who is best at making economic decisions?

Are markets efficient?

What is the role of government?

Must government control the economy, and how?

Is trade fair?

Should consumer products be regulated?

Should labor markets be regulated?

What is interest, and should it be regulated?

What is the role of banks?

Should government bust monopolies?

Should government induce industry?

Should government provide bail-outs?

Should government combat inequality?

How should government finance itself?

Should government provide education & health care?

What about public services?

Should government protect the environment?

What about national defense?

Should government administer natural resources?

Who are the heroes of society?

3.3 A Revisit: Islamic Economics in a Nutshell

 

 

Part 4: Problems at the Crossroads

4.1 The Crossroads

What’s a Platypus?

“The Systems has Lost its Automatic Legitimacy”

Where is the Trajectory Taking us?

The Respectability of “Radical” Change

4.2 The Problems

Tyranny

Inflation

Corruption

Misallocation

Debt

Volatility

Banking & Investment

Productivity

Trade

Exploitation

Natural Resources

Unemployment

Inequality

Infrastructure

Housing

Entitlements

Conservation

4.3 A Revisit: Islamic Economics Defined

 

 

Part 5: The Road to Islamic Economics

5.1 Where We Stand Today

Economic Snakes & Ladders

Strategic Allies & Enemies

Prioritization, Planning, and Implementation

From Solutions to Institutions

5.2 Models & Tools

Political Prerequisites

Courts & Arbitration

The Dinar Movement

The Zakat Mechanism

The Public Treasury

Entrepreneurial Education

Privatization Models

“Islamic” Banks

Islamic Finance, Redux

Activist Entrepreneurship

Volunteerism

New Silk Roads

A Brave New Information Industry

Natural Resources

Education & Healthcare Models

Takaful Insurance

Urban Planning

Conservation Models

5.3 A Revisit: Islamic Economics Restated

 

 

Part 6: Notes & Open Questions

Summation

Serendipity

Platypuses

Epilogue