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Trade and Geography in the Origins and Spread of Islam

Stelios Michalopoulos, Alireza Naghavi, Giovanni Prarolo

NBER Working Paper No. 18438
Issued in October 2012

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The authors would like to thank Daron Acemoglu, Quamrul Ashraf, Roland Benabou, Maristella Botticini, Richard Bulliet, Matteo Cervellati, Ernesto Dal Bo, Melissa Dell, Allan Drazen, Skander Esseghaier, Ioanna Grypari, Oded Galor, Gordon Hanson, Andros Kourtellos, Timur Kuran, Gilat Levy, Beatrice Manz, Peter Neary, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Elias Papaioannou, Jean-Philippe Platteau, Nancy Qian, Debraj Ray, Ronny Razin, Jared Rubin, Giulio Soravia, Thierry Verdier, and Romain Wacziarg for valuable comments and suggestions. We would like, also, to thank participants at the Central European U., Collegio Carlo Alberto, George Mason U., Harvard U., Institute for Advanced Study, Northeastern U., Northwestern U., Toulouse School of Economics, Stockholm U., Tufts U., U. College Dublin, U. New South Wales, U. of Bologna, U. of Los Andes, U. of Milan, U. of Oxford, U. of Virginia, Barcelona GSE Summer Forum, Econometric Society World Congress 2010, NBER Summer Institute 2009 and 2013, the NBER conference on the Economics of Religion, NEUDC 2009, the CEPR conference on Economics of Culture, Institutions, and Crime, and ASREC 2013 for valuable comments. Stelios Michalopoulos was a visiting Fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto while this project was written and gratefully acknowledges their hospitality. Funding from Faculty Research Awards Committee at Tufts University is also acknowledged. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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