The Legacy of Muhammad Al-Ghazzali (1058-1111): Foundation for an Equitable Economy in Contemporary Middle Eastern Society?

Kasim Randeree, Imran Malik

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The economic and social writings of Muhammed Al-Ghazzali have the potential of impacting the socio-economic environment in the Middle East, to such a degree that, if implemented, would put ethics and justice at the heart of economic policy. AlGhazzali’s philosophy is based on the rejection of revolutionary change on the premise that disorder is worse than injustice, preferring orderly change and reform from within. Al-Ghazzali, the idealist, provided a coherent vision of the future of global governance. He believed in the force of human knowledge and reason to shape human behaviour for ethical living. Economies could benefit from such a revolution to develop an ethics-centred economic philosophy with its application in Arab society likely to have far reaching effects on economic and social governance. The Arab world had a proud tradition of providing security to its working class especially in the early Islamic period, but has lapsed on this obligation in the recent past. To be relevant in the future, developing Arab societies will need to deconstruct their Euro-centric premise and strive to serve global equity through a balanced philosophy. Thus, the contemporary strategist in the Arab world needs to be inspired by the humanism of Al-Ghazzali and strive towards the goal of integrating economics with ethics and social justice to achieve sustainable growth in addition to avoiding the exploitation of a largely foreign labour class. Internationally, the contemporary challenge is the promotion of global equity built on actual shared prosperity for all. The principles for good governance (knowledge, justice, wisdom and tolerance) were articulated by Al-Ghazzali a millennium ago and remain valid today.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jul 2006
EventAnnual Conference British Society for Middle East Studies 2006 - Centre for the Study of Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jul 200626 Jul 2006

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ConferenceAnnual Conference British Society for Middle East Studies 2006
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period24/07/0626/07/06

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Randeree, K., & Malik, I. (2006). The Legacy of Muhammad Al-Ghazzali (1058-1111): Foundation for an Equitable Economy in Contemporary Middle Eastern Society?. Abstract from Annual Conference British Society for Middle East Studies 2006, Birmingham, United Kingdom.