Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not

For centuries following the spread of Islam, the Middle East was far ahead of Europe. Yet, the modern economy was born in Europe. Why was it not born in the Middle East? In this talk, Professor Rubin examines the role that Islam played in this reversal of fortunes. He argues that the religion itself is not to blame; the importance of religious legitimacy in Middle Eastern politics was the primary culprit. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Hale Science, 230
1350 Pleasant Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

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International & Global Affairs, Law & Politics


Faculty, General Public, Students, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

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Arts & Sciences


Free and Open to the Public

Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy
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