Strategic Research Circle





Los Angeles | Friday Sep 17, 2010 | 7:00 pm
Shahnawaz Restaurant
12225 Centralia Avenue,
Lakewood, CA 90715

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SF Bay Area | Sunday Sep 19, 2010 | 6:30 pm
Chandni Restaurant
5748 Mowry School Road
Newark, CA 94560

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History of Muslim entrepreneurs goes back to 7th century when they established their first market in Medina. Medieval economists and thinkers such as Al Ghazali, Ibn Khaldun, Al Dimashqi, and Tusi wrote extensively about types of trade, merchants, crafts, free market, partnership and trade ethics. With the emergence of Western educational and economic institutions, Muslims started migrating to the West for better professional and business opportunities. A series of SRC studies focuses on the wealth of Muslim professionals and entrepreneurs, industries they are involved in, market trends that affect them, and impact of traditional and institutional networking on their professional and business life

American Muslims are a highly educated and an affluent segment of the American society.  Yet little is known about their professional back ground and entrepreneurial success. SRC aims to conduct an in-depth ,first of its kind study in an effort to  expand the  literature on this diverse, vibrant, influential, and under-studied group

Study Goals

•  Offer insight into professionals & entrepreneurs
•  Study contributions in social and philanthropy
•  Analyze emerging Islamic financial models
•  Identify ways to create new market capital
•  Study changing industrial and market trends
•  Inform policymakers, academia, and society


"There is nothing more central to the US character than entrepreneurship. And entrepreneurship is a vibrant part of Islam and has historically been a means for Muslims to integrate into various communities.  Looking at the interlinking of Muslim entrepreneurs in the US should yield useful information regarding the role Muslims play in the US economy and their integration into US society."

Dr. Miles K. Davis, Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship, Shenandoah University.


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SRC is largely funded by foundations memberships and by individuals. Our target audiences are policymakers scholars journalists businesses and the civil society.

SRC is governed by a board consisting of entrepreneurs educators professionals and philanthropists. Our areas of studies include society economy governance and foreign policy