Francesca Ersilia

Ersilia Francesca in Associate Professor of History of Islamic countries at Università L'Orientale - Asia Africa and Mediterranean Department (Naples), where she teaches Contemporary history of Economy of Middle East and North Africa and Gender Politics in Islamic Context.

Among her recent publications: Economia, religione e morale nell'islam, Carocci, Roma 2013, pp. 247; La rivoluzione ai tempi di Internet. Il futuro della democrazia nel Maghreb e nel mondo arabo, (ed. with A. di Tolla), Il Torcoliere, Università di Napoli "L'Orientale", Napoli 2012, pp. 226; «Liberalizzazioni economiche, disoccupazione e malessere sociale: i risvolti economici della ‘Primavera Araba'», in A. Di Tolla – E Francesca (a cura di) La rivoluzione ai tempi di Internet. Il futuro della democrazia nel Maghreb e nel mondo arabo, Il Torcoliere, Università di Napoli "L'Orientale", Napoli 2012; «Comparing the Ibâḍî and Sunnî Law in Baṣra: The case of  the zakât on cattle», in Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Méditerranée, 132, 2012, pp. 45-61; «Fede e denaro. Gli imperativi economici dell'Islam», in G. Filoramo (a cura di), Le religioni e il mondo moderno. Volume IV. Scritture, saperi, poteri, Einaudi, Torino, 2009, pp. 504-531.


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Islamic Economy
The 20th century has witnessed the emergence of an economic doctrine that calls itself “Islamic economics”, whose purpose is to establish an economic order that conforms to Islamic scripture and traditions. Islamic economics defines itself as a new academic discipline, which uses rational methods to explain and advise on economic phenomena in the Islamic world. In the early years of Islamic economics (1950s-1970s) much attention was devoted to the construction of an ideal world in opposition to the models of western socialist and capitalist systems. Since mid-1980s this phase has given way to a growing realism. This development was influenced by the implementation since the mid-1970s of some of the doctrines of Islamic economics, such as the interest-free banking system.


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