Questions tagged [islamic-history]

concerns the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the Islamic civilization. Not necesarily related to the religion itself.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
22
votes
1answer
5k views

Did the Ottoman empire suppress the printing press?

I overheard this conversation a while back that the Ottoman Empire which flourished in all fields during the Golden Age of Islam were left behind after the introduction of the printing press in Europe ...
3
votes
3answers
328 views

How did Islamic finance under the early Caliphates profit or take loans if charging interest wasn't legal?

Under Islamic Law, any type of interest is considered usury and therefore illegal (in the religious context). How did lenders make money under this restriction? I am asking in the time frame from ...