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Recent discussions of the 'Chinese economic development model', the emergence of an alternative 'Muslim model' over the past quarter century and the faltering globalisation of the 'Washington Consensus' all point to the need to investigate more systematically the nature of these models and their competitive attractions.

This is especially the case in the Muslim world which both spans different economic and geographic categories and is itself the progenitor of a development model.

The 'Chinese model' has attracted the greatest attention in step with that country's phenomenal growth and therefore provides the primary focus for this book. This volume examines the characteristics of this model and its reception in two major regions of the world - Africa and Latin America.

It also investigates the current competition over development models across Muslim contexts. The question of which model or models, if any, will guide development in Muslim majority countries is vital not only for them, but for the world as a whole. This is the first political economy study to address this vital question as well as the closely related issue of the centrality of governance to development.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: The Lure of Development Models, Robert Springborg;
  • Section One: The Chinese Model and its Global Reception;
    1. A China Model or Just a Broken Mould?, William Hurst;
    2. Latin America's View of China: Interest, but Scepticism, Barbara Stallings;
    3. The China Model in Africa: A New Brand of Developmentalism, Catherine Boone with Dhawal Doshi;
  • Section Two: The Chinese Model and its Competitors in the Muslim World;
    4. Learning the Right Lessons from Beijing: A Model for the Arab World?, Emma Murphy;
    5. Toward an Islamic Model for the Middle East and North Africa?, Clement M. Henry;
    6. Democracy, Development, and Political Islam: Comparing Iran and Turkey, Mohammed Ayoob;
    7. Can the East Asian Developmental State be Replicated? The Case of Malaysia, Jeff Tan; Section Three: The Role of Governance in Development Models;
    8. Governance against Development in Pakistan, Ishrat Husain;
    9. Is 'Good Governance' an Appropriate Model for Governance Reforms? The Relevance of East Asia for Developing Muslim Countries, Mushtaq Khan;
  • Conclusion: Not Washington, Beijing Nor Mecca-The Limitations of Development Models, Robert Springborg; About the Contributors.

Publication Information

Aga Khan University-ISMC; Edinburgh University Press, 2009


Exploring Muslim Contexts






Development Models, Chinese Model, Global Reception, Latin America, Developmentalism, Muslim World, Islamic Model, Middle East, North Africa, Governance, Muslim Countries, Developing Countries, Robert Springborg, William Hurst, Barbara Stallings, Catherine Boone, Dhawal Doshi, Emma Murphy, Mohammed Ayoob, Jeff Tan, Ishrat Husain, Mushtaq Khan, Exploring Muslim contexts

Volume 2: Development Models in Muslim Contexts : Chinese, 'Islamic' and Neo-liberal Alternatives