Paper presented to the International Seminar on Islamic Economics organised by I.I.I.E. , Islamabad, 6—10 July 1986. Argues that in labour-abundant economics the strategy for development should be to increase the supply of entrepreneurs by providing finance and technical assistance to individuals to help them set up their own small business. By increasing the number of self-employed people, rather than resorting to capital-'ntensive industry, these countries can hope to attain a higher rate of growth. For Muslim economists. Based on primary sources. Documented.