Publications (2008)

Experiences of IIIE:  1983-2007

Conference Papers, The 7th International Conference in Islamic Economics: Thirty Years of Research in Islamic Economics, Jeddah: 1-3 April 2008, pp. 123-134
Abstract: At  the  dawn  of  the  fifteenth  century  Hijri,  two  universities  International Islamic  University  of  Islamabad  (IIUI)  and  International  Islamic  University  of  Malaysia  (IIUM)  were  launched  with  the  mission  of  integrating  the  Islamic  world view  and  all  modern  branches  of  knowledge.  An  important  portion  of  this  mission was  the  production  of  a  body  of  knowledge  to  be  known  as  “Islamic  Economics.”
This would provide an alternative to conventional moderneconomic theory which is based on interest and on the concept of homo economicus, both of which are alien to Islamic  ideals.  The  object  of  this  note  is  to  review  the  experience  of  International Institute  of  Islamic  Economics  (IIIE),  one  of  the  key  departments  of  IIUI.  Our  goal is  to  learn  from  this  experience  so  as  to  advance  the  project  more  efficiently  in  the future.  We  will  discuss  the  successes  so  as  to  be  able  to  build  on  them,  and  also  the failures, so as to avoid them.

Improving Social Science Education in Pakistan

Published in: Lahore Journal of Policy Studies Vol. 2 No. 1, June 2008.
Abstract: How do we arrest the decline of the social sciences in Pakistan? Is it a matter of money or one of sending more students to the West who might then return to teaching at the local universities? In this article I argue that the solution lies elsewhere. Borrowing frames, concepts, and analytical techniques based on the concept of universalism runs a serious risk of imposing alien views on local problems. Moreover, attempts to become ‘scientific’ require side stepping value judgments of good and bad. The current Western domination of the intellectual scene favours a single route for social science development, and kills all diversity. However, whilst we may borrow as much as we choose, we need to build our own frames that would underpin the social sciences, and this is possible only by reconnecting with our own past.