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A Brief History of EntrepreneurshipThe Pioneers, Profiteers, and Racketeers Who Shaped Our World$
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Joe Carlen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173049

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173049.001.0001

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An Enterprising Faith

An Enterprising Faith

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A Brief History of Entrepreneurship

Joe Carlen

Columbia University Press

It is common knowledge that, as Europe slid into its Dark Ages, the Islamic world expanded rapidly and enjoyed several centuries of military, commercial, and intellectual dominance. However, the central role of entrepreneurship in not only the commercial but the territorial expansion of this new civilization is an overlooked but fascinating dimension of this historical period. Such phenomena as the slave trade and the Arab commercialization of East African coffee are examined as examples of the entrepreneurial vigor of Islamic civilization during its expansionary heyday.

Keywords:   Islamic Entrepreneurship, Arabs, Islam, Coffee, Slavery, Paper

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