Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, General.




Islam is an ever-present reality in the political, economic and social life throughout the Arab-Islamic world. In this region, there exists a pervasive notion that Islam should be an integral part of all economic and political aspects of the state. At present, many nations across the Arab-Islamic world face political and economic instability and uncertainty. Since the legitimacy of many regimes in the region is consistently called into question, and since Islamic movements and political parties often form the strongest opposition, the emergence of an Islamic government is a strong possibility. Overall, the purpose of this thesis is to examine the concept of an Islamic Economic Option. This thesis looks at what extent Islamic economic concepts differ from Western economic models. It asks whether or not an IEO could serve as a practical alternative to Western models and form a program that is compatible with the global order. Given an Islamic opposition movement's hypothetical rise to power, this thesis also asks what sort of economic strategy the group would follow and if it would retreat or remain involved in the global economy. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1215. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.