Is Islam an Impediment for Development in Muslim Countries?

Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder (Toynbee, 1957)


The history has witnessed the glorifying period of Muslim civilizations for millennium. However, that was just a myth now since Muslim countries are plagued by a lot of problems such as illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, health issues, freedom, and many other things so that they can be categorized as the developing or underdeveloped countries. Therefore, some orientalists argue that Islam with its characteristic is the essence impediment for development. However, this essay will argue that Islam is not the true hindrance for development but the violation and the disembeddedness of Islamic world-view in everydayness. In doing so, this essay will first define development prior to provide a discourse on the decline of Muslim civilizations.

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