As discussions around economic justice and social responsibility continue to dominate headlines and political debates, it’s worth taking a step back to consider alternative models of economic organization.
One such model is the “Mansa Musa Economic Culture,” named after the 14th century West African ruler and investor who is widely considered to be the richest person in history. This economic culture, which was prevalent in many parts of precolonial Africa, emphasizes the importance of promoting the common good and supporting the welfare of the community, rather than solely focusing on the pursuit of profit.
In this series of blog posts we will explore the key principles and practices of the Mansa Musa Economic Culture, and consider how these ideas might be relevant and applicable to contemporary discussions about economic justice and social responsibility.
From the emphasis on communal ownership and charitable giving, to the prohibition of interest-based lending and the support for education and the arts, the Mansa Musa Economic Culture offers a rich tradition of thought and practice that can inspire and inform contemporary debates about the role of economics in society.
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