2012 Conference: AALIMS Conference on Economic and Political Development of the Muslim World

APRIL 6, 2012 - 1:00PM TO APRIL 7, 2012 - 5:00PM


Presentations will explore a variety of issues concerning political economy of the Muslim World, including economic performance, political participation, activism, identity formation, and institutional change. The conference will commence with a half-day graduate student workshop. Organized jointly by Stanford University’s Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), the conference is co-sponsored by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and  Stanford Center for International Development(SCID).  The event is the third installment of the AALIMS conference series. The first AALIMS conference took place at Duke University in 2010 and the second at Harvard University in 2011. The 2013 Conference will be hosted by the Baker Institute at Rice University.

Friday April 6: 2:00 pm Welcoming Remarks

2:00 pm- 3:30 pm: Attitudes and Discrimination

Asim Khwaja (Chair)

Harvard University

David Laitin

” ‘One Muslim is Enough!’ Evidence from a Field Experiment in France”

Stanford University

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Basit Zafar

“How Deeply Held are Anti-American Attitudes among Pakistani Youth? Evidence Using Experimental Variation in Information”

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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4:00- 5:30 pm: Religious Tolerance / Education

Ali Yaycioglu (Chair)

Stanford Univeristy

Saumitra Jha

"Trade, Institutions and Ethnic Tolerance: Evidence from South Asia"

Stanford University

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Erik Meyersson

" For the Love of the Republic: Education, Secularism, and Empowerment"

Stockholm School of Economics

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Saturday April 7: 9:00 am- 10:30 am: Islam and Economic Performance

Mahmoud El-Gamal (Chair)

Rice University

Jared Rubin

The Printing Press, Reformation, and Legitimization

Chapman University

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Jean-Philippe Platteau

“Islam, Islamism and the State“

University of Namur

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11:00 am- 12:30 pm: Capital Accumulation on the Eve of Industrialization

Saumitra Jha (Chair)

Stanford University

Ali Yaycioglu

“Wealth, Power and Death: Capital Accumulation and Imperial Confiscations in the Ottoman Empire (1453-1839)

Stanford Univeristy

Seven Agir

” ‘Gedik’ as Transferrable Partnership in Asset Ownership: Legal and Organizational Change in Ottoman Urban Businesses, 1789-1838”

Yale University

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2:00 pm- 3:30 pm: Institutional Heritage and Its Consequences

Steve Fish (Chair)

University of California, Berkeley

Eric Chaney

"Democratic Change in the Arab World, Past and Present"

Harvard University

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Mohamad Al-Ississ

“Does Insurance Increase Trust?: Experimental Evidence on Institutional Design in Jordan and the United States”

The American University in Cairo

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4:00 pm- 5:30 pm: Activism and Revivalism

Murat Iyigun (Chair)

University of Colorado

Jean-Paul Carvalho

Faith Based Organizations

University of California, Irvine

PDF icon Jean Paul Carvalho Abstract