Timur Kuran
#4860 Overall Influence

Timur Kuran

American academic

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Timur Kuran is Gorter Family Professor in Islamic Studies, and professor of economics and political science at Duke University. A Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, he teaches students the economic history of the Middle East. He is a director for the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies. He earned his A.B. at Princeton University and his M.A. and doctorate in economics from Stanford University.

Kuran is editor of Socio-Economic Life in Seventeenth-century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records, a 10-volume work in three languages. He has published numerous tooks about Islam and the Middle East, including Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification and Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism. In The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East, he acknowledges that the models for governance and education described in Islamic teachings were ill suited for today’s technology and culture and that adherence to those old models was hampering growth in the Middle East.

He founded the University of Southern California Institute for Economic Research on Civilizations and served as their director from 2005-2007. He is currently researching for a book on the role of legal institutions in the Middle East and how those traditional institutions have contributed to societal problems.

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Duke University
Duke University

Private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

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University of Southern California
University of Southern California

Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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Princeton University
Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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#208 World Rank #107 USA Rank
Economics
#654 World Rank #362 USA Rank
Political Science