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Prophet Muhammad (S): The First Capitalist?

Date: 23rd February 2015
Time: 18:00
Room G.79, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, King’s College London

The Islamic Finance and Ethics Society are proud to be hosting Dr Benedikt Koehler and Dr Mufti Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf who will be presenting their research on traditional Islamic ethics of business, entrepreneurship and Islamic market reform. These focuses will be illustrated with examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and early Islamic history.

Dr Benedikt Koehler was born in New York and raised in Germany. He obtained a BA in History from the University of Yale, an MsC from City University and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Tubingen.

A former banker and historian, Dr Koehler’s articles on the economics of the early Islamic period are hugely significant and continue to be published in the Economic Affairs journal. Dr Koehler most recent publication; ‘Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism’ is a must read for those interested in finance.

Dr Mufti Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf was born and raised in London. After memorising the Quran at the age of 15 he continued his studies and obtained a BA in Islamic Studies from the University of Johannesburg, followed by an MA from SOAS.

To date, he has written the well-received Fiqh al-Imam, a guide to the Ḥanafī position on disputed matters of prayer, and is the translator of Hasan Basri’s Prayers for Forgiveness, Abu Hanifa’s Al-Fiqh al-Akbar, Provisions for the Seekers, Salat & Salam: In Praise of Allah’s Most Beloved, co-authored Reflections of Pearls, and has edited Imam Ghazali’s Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya) and Shaykh ‘Abdullah Gangohi’s commentary Ikmal al-Shiyam on Ibn ‘Ata’illah al-Iskandari’s Hikam.

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