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Islamic Charities and Islamic Humanism in Troubled Times
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Islamic Charities and Islamic Humanism in Troubled Times

Jonathan Benthall


This book is the fruit of twenty years’ reflection on Islamic charities, both in practical terms and as a key to understand the crisis in contemporary Islam. On the one hand Islam is undervalued as a global moral and political force whose admirable qualities are exemplified in its strong tradition of charitable giving. On the other hand, it suffers from a crisis of authority that cannot be blamed entirely on the history of colonialism and stigmatization to which Muslims have undoubtedly been subjected – most recently, as a result of the “war on terror”. The book consists of seventeen previousl ... More

Keywords: Islam, Charity, Zakat, Humanitarianism, Aid, Development, Faith Based Organizations, Islamic reformism, Islamic humanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781784993085
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Benthall, author
University College London