Category Archives: By Language

Op-ed: “The Politics of Revolutionary Surprise”

The Politics of Revolutionary Surprise,” Project Syndicate, February 2, 2011.

Book: The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East

long divergence coverThe Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).
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Edited book set: Mahkeme Kayıtları Işığında 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul’unda Sosyo-Ekonomik Yaşam / Social and Economic Life in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records

cover-ib-book-vol-1-340-510-s(Ed.) Mahkeme Kayıtları Işığında 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul’unda Sosyo-Ekonomik Yaşam / Social and Economic Life in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records, 10 vols. (Istanbul: İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2010-13).

Topics of volumes:

  • 1. Guilds and Guildsmen + Communal Affairs of Christians and Jews + Foreigners (932 pp.),
  • 2. Commercial Partnerships (659 pp.),
  • 34. State-Individual Relations, including Taxation (544+708 pp.),
  • 5678. Waqfs (584+650+677+651 pp.),
  • 910. Credit Markets and Uses of Interest (529+497 pp.).

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Article: “Institutional Causes of Underdevelopment in the Middle East: A Historical Perspective”

Institutional Causes of Underdevelopment in the Middle East: A Historical Perspective,” in Institutional Change and Economic Behavior, ed. János Kornai, Laszlo Matyas, and Gérard Roland (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008), pp. 64-76.

  • Chinese translation by Qingjin Zhou: “Zhong Dong Luo Hou de Zhidu Yuanyin: Yige Lishi Shijao.” Journal of Institutional Economic Research,  (2010): in press.

Symposium video: “Religion, Innovation, and Economic Progress”

“Religion and the Open Society Symposium: Religion, Innovation, and Economic Progress,” Lawrence Harrison, Timur Kuran, and Robert Woodberry, Council on Foreign Relations, March 25, 2008. See video

Article: “Why the Middle East Is Economically Underdeveloped: Historical Mechanisms of Institutional Stagnation”

Why the Middle East Is Economically Underdeveloped: Historical Mechanisms of Institutional Stagnation.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 18 (Summer 2004): 71-90.