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Corruption from the Islamic perspective: Some recommendations for the MENA region

Mevliyar Er (Birmingham International College, Birmingham, UK)

International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management

ISSN: 1753-8394

Article publication date: 4 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region several factors contribute to corruption with a consequence of savings being squandered away and funds withheld from productive investments. This paper aims to argue that Muslim countries have a competitive advantage over the industrialized world in that the Islamic faith is important to the populace, which the west lacks and is trying to replace it with substitutes like for instance moral education in schools.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper examines corruption in the light of the Qur'an and Hadith. It looks at related issues and corrupt practices in the industrialised world based on secondary sources and a few primary data.

Findings

Moral renovation in Muslim societies appears to be easier to realize than in western societies once its underlying cause, notably poverty, is tackled. Self‐restraint is an absolute prerequisite for a successful fight against corruption. Organizational instruments against corruption can only succeed to eliminate corruption only through political leaders committed to weeding out corruption.

Originality/value

The paper informs educationalists, policy makers, entrepreneurs in the MENA region that Islamic ethics must be the guiding force behind all good economic attitudes.

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Citation

Er, M. (2008), "Corruption from the Islamic perspective: Some recommendations for the MENA region", International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 31-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538390810864241

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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