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The Mentality Of The Middle Class In Medieval Islam

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The existence, the absence or else the new formation of a middle class is of decisive significance for the economic rise and constitutional development of modern Middle Eastern societies. As late as 1960, an Iraqi expert stated in a scientific journal that there was no middle class worth speaking of in Iraq! What was the situation in the High Middle Ages, during the creative period of genuine Islam? The very character of Islamic religion was deeply influenced by the spirituality of the class which was more than any other active in its formulation. Subsequent research in the related fields of Islamic and European history will corroborate or qualify the validity of the assumptions.

Keywords: European; Islamic religion; Middle Class

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