The Istanbul Network for Liberty in partnership with IDEAS will be hosting Benedikt Koehler, economist and author of “Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism” from 24-29 February 2016.

Benedikt Koehler was born 1953 in New York and raised in Germany. His university education was at Yale (BA History), Tübingen (Dr. phil.), and City University London (MSc). He retired from a career in finance and economics in 2012, and has written biographies of the nineteenth century political economist Adam Müller and of the cofounder of Deutsche Bank Ludwig Bamberger. He is editor of “History of Financial Disasters 1857-1923.” A historian and former banker, his articles on early Islamic economics have appeared in the journal Economic Affairs since 2009. In his book, Koehler proposed a strikingly original thesis; that capitalism first emerged in Arabia, not in late medieval Italian city states as is commonly assumed.

Below are list of events involving Dr Koehler:-

1. Colloquium on Islam and Market economy
Date: 24 February 2016
Time: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Venue: Lanai Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia
Partner: International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)

2. Public Lecture at Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS)

Date: 25 February 2016
Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 p,
Venue: Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS)

3. Public Lecture at Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (CCD), Universiti Malaya

Date: 26 February 2016
Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 p,
Venue: Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (CCD), Universiti Malaya
Partner: CCD, and Faculty of Accounting and Business, UM

4. Public forum: Islam and Capitalism

Date: 27 February 2016
Time: 2.00 pm – 5.00 p,
Venue: Grand Continental Hotel, Alor Setar, Kedah
Partner: Sekolah Pemikir Jalanan

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