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Islamic Charities and Islamic Humanism in Troubled Times$
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Jonathan Benthall

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993085

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993085.001.0001

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Islamic charities, Faith Based Organizations and the international aid system

Islamic charities, Faith Based Organizations and the international aid system

(p.27) 1 Islamic charities, Faith Based Organizations and the international aid system
Islamic Charities and Islamic Humanism in Troubled Times

Jonathan Benthall

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the historical background of the growth of Islamic charities over the last few decades, and of Faith Based Organizations in general. It also discusses the humanitarian consequences of the clampdown on Islamic charities post 9/11, and questions the academic standard of some counter-terrorist studies that have authorized this clampdown. It calls for sympathetic steps to ease the way for those Islamic charities that accept the principles of regulation and monitoring. It argues that high values and ideals are better expressed by actions than by mere dialogue. Islamic Relief Worldwide showed what can be done when it was appointed to represent all the major British relief agencies on television to launch a joint appeal for the Kashmir earthquake in 2005. Failure to recognize the potential of Islamic charities means losing a significant opportunity to defuse the purported “clash of civilizations”.

Keywords:   Islam, Charity, Zakat, Humanitarianism, Aid, Development, Faith Based Organizations, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Counter-terrorist studies

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