Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 130, Issue 1, pp 199–208 | Cite as

Entrepreneurship from an Islamic Perspective

  • Ali Aslan GümüsayEmail author


Research about the role of religion in entrepreneurship and more broadly management is sparse. In this conceptual article, we complement existing entrepreneurship theory by examining entrepreneurship from an Islamic perspective (EIP). EIP is based on three interconnected pillars: the entrepreneurial, socio-economic/ethical, and religio-spiritual. We outline how Islam shapes entrepreneurship at the micro-, meso-, and macro-level, indicate how Islam may be considered an entrepreneurial religion in the sense that it enables and encourages entrepreneurial activity, review research streams interlinking Islam with entrepreneurship and management and outline promising research approaches.


Entrepreneurship Religion Business ethics Social entrepreneurship Islam 



My sincere thanks to the associate editor Domènec Melé and the anonymous reviewers for their very valuable comments on the manuscript. I would also like to acknowledge the insightful feedback and suggestions received on earlier versions of this work from Talal Al-Azem, Sue Dopson, Pegram Harrison, Fahri Karakas, Tim Morris, Michael Smets and Marc Ventresca and the support of the Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.


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  1. 1.Novak Druce Centre, Saïd Business SchoolUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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