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    The Acton Institute’s most recent publication, Islam & Economics: A Primer on Markets, Morality, and Justice by Ali Salman, is available now. The book is an introductory text that explores the principles of commerce and economics revealed in the Qur’an, espoused by the Sunnah (the traditions and practices of Prophet Muhammad), and understood by the jurists.

    Ali Salman is a Pakistan-based economist and public policy expert. He is CEO of the Islam and Liberty Network and executive director of the Policy Research Institute of Market Economy. He previously served as CEO of IDEAS, a prominent think tank in Malaysia. Salman’s research brings together important Islamic concepts and economics, presenting them clearly and concisely in Islam & Economics. The book has been called “a must-read for anyone looking for a concise insight into Islamic economic thought” and “a whiff of fresh air in an environment of writings on Islamic economics.”

    Salman explores such topics as Muhammad’s teachings on trade, the controversy of interest, and Islamic taxation policy. He argues that Islam offers three moral principles of economic organization that can be used to build a framework of operational institutional tenets for the economic organization of a society. Salman’s framework addresses all important business, policy, and equity issues that any economic system should resolve and broadens the discussion on the modern discipline of “Islamic economics.” An Arabic edition of the book is forthcoming.

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    Nathan Mech oversees the Collins Center for Abrahamic Heritage at the Acton Institute, which explores insights from the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on questions of liberty, economics, peace, and virtue. Nathan organizes conferences, book publications, and media creation in this role, and builds global networks of religious scholars. He previously spent several years as a project manager on Acton Institute’s executive team, managing special projects for the President and Executive Director. In this role, he created Acton Institute’s Business Matters