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The Malaysian model

At a conference in Kuala Lumpur on Muslim economics, I was given a vision of a burgeoning "Islamic Calvinism"

By David Goodhart   September 2007

Malaysia wants to be a beacon to the Muslim world. It wants to show that a marriage of Islamic piety and liberal modernity—and in particular economic growth—is possible. To hear how it plans to lead Islam out of economic sloth (Islamic countries account for almost 20 per cent of the world’s population but only 6 per cent of income) I flew to Kuala Lumpur a couple of weeks ago to attend a conference with the unpromising title of “Implementing the economic agenda of the Muslim world.”

Can there be a specifically Muslim economic agenda? Surely the problems of Muslim sub-Saharan…

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