Islamic Economics Institute

Wednesday Academic Dialogue (19)

The Islamic origins of Hypothesis Testing

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Dr. Zakaria Boulanouar 
Umm Al Qura University, Makkah Al Mukkaramah, Saudi Arabia

zboulanouar@uqu.edu.sa

Wednesday 01-03-2017 (02-06-1438H)

Abstract

Using Zarqa’s (Zarqa, 2003) framework for the Islamisation of economics this paper provides evidence that hypothesis testing (HT), the ubiquitously used and almost universally accepted research method, has its origins in Islam’s first source of guidance, the Quran and situates it specifically within the science’s descriptive statements, thus reinforcing its universality.  
The paper provides a comparative overview of conventional literature on HT, and that from Quran, to show how closeness of the methods. 
The paper concludes by discussing the implications of the research, one of which is that HT is a much older framework than may be commonly believed.
 


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