Organiser: Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

Benedikt Koehler is the author of Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism (Lexington 2014). Muhammad, Prophet of Islam, and his early successors, were scions of elite entrepreneurial families in Mecca and the economic policies they introduced were catalyst for wealth creation though long-distance trade and risk investment. Trade partners from Europe copied templates for business practices and brought these to cities such as Venice. His book is the story of how early Islam evolved capitalism. Benedikt Koehler has written several other books on financial and economic history, and since 2009 has published articles on Islamic economics in Economic Affairs, the journal of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Benedikt Koehler's career has been in the City and in Whitehall.

The event will be chaired by Dr Dibyesh Anand, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations.

Everyone welcome, if you are from outside the University of Westminster please register via [email protected]

Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism
Lexington Books (17 Jun 2014)
ISBN-10: 0739188828
ISBN-13: 978-0739188828