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The myth of Bryson and economic thought in Islam

Islahi, Abdul Azim (2008): The myth of Bryson and economic thought in Islam. Published in: Journal of King Abdulaziz University - Islamic Economics , Vol. 21, No. 1 (30. June 2008): pp. 57-64.


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The inspiration for the present note comes primarily from a statement in the old edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. In its volume four on page number 595, Heffening (1934) states that to Helmut Ritter ‘the whole economic literature of Islam can be traced to economics of Neo-pythagorean Bryson’ (emphasis added). In 1917 the German writer Ritter edited and translated Abu Ja`far al-Dimashqi’s treatise Kitab al-Isharah ila Mahasin al-Tijarah. In his introduction of the book he noted the said remark. It is this unqualified statement that we dispute here.

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