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Jonathan Benthall

Western values will be isolated and defeated? In a longer term view of Islamic charities – beyond the immediate concerns over terrorist finance – they can be considered part of the wider category of confessional or Faith Based Organizations (FBOs). Despite the mass of research on NGOs published over the past fifteen years, confessional NGOs have only

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times

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 previously published chapters, with a general Introduction and new prefatory material for each chapter. The first nine chapters review the current situation of Islamic charities from many different viewpoints – theological, historical, diplomatic, legal, sociological and ethnographic – with first-hand data from the United States, Britain, Israel–Palestine, Mali and Indonesia. Chapters 10 to 17 expand the coverage to explore the potential for a twenty-first century "Islamic humanism" that would be devised by Muslims in the light of the human sciences and institutionalized throughout the Muslim world. This means addressing contentious topics such as religious toleration and the meaning of jihad. The intended readership includes academics and students at all levels, professionals concerned with aid and development, and all who have an interest in the future of Islam.

Catherine Akurut

), ‘ Partners in Patriarchy: Faith-Based Organizations and Neoliberalism in Turkey , Critical Sociology , 45 : 3 , 431 – 45 . Auchter , J. ( 2017 ), ‘ Forced Male Circumcision: Gender-Based Violence in Kenya ’, International Affairs , 93 : 6 , 1339 – 56 , doi: 10.1093/ia/iix183

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Jonathan Benthall

– signalling this by means of […] – but have decided not otherwise to tamper with the original texts, except to correct a few misprints and other minor errors, and to apply some spelling and style consistencies for the purpose of this book. Where repetitions remain, it is because they relate to some important running themes. Faith Based Organizations and ‘cultural sensitivity’ I see

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Jonathan Benthall

completely ignored hitherto in the analysis of aid flows. But, quite suddenly, Faith Based Organizations have been discovered, given their acronym (FBOs), and become the subject of a number of conferences. I came to Gourma Rharous to find out what happens downstream, as it were, on a bend in the Niger, in a Muslim society where the global future of Islam is not a matter of daily

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
The case of post-tsunami reconstruction in Aceh
Jonathan Benthall

(Ghandour 2002 ; Benthall and Bellion-Jourdan 2003 ; Soares and Otayek 2007 ). Whereas we should not exclude the political dimension from analysis of any humanitarian aid, of whatever ideological provenance, it would be unjustified to lay so much stress on it in the Muslim case that the question of efficacity was sidelined. There is an increasing recognition of the importance of Faith Based

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Breda Gray

meanings of migration, policy development and civil society responses to (em/im)migration. The discussion relates mainly to the decade prior to and the decade after the turn of the twenty-first century – a time of welfare state retrenchment, marketization of service provision and a turn to faith-based organizations in the project of migrant integration (Beaumont, 2008; Office of the Minister of State for Integration, 2008). A network approach to religious organizations is seen by Ebaugh as ‘a lens that views them not as discrete, homogenous entities but rather as a web

in Migrations
Paradox or (sp)oiler of civil society activism?
Olajide O. Akanji

terrorist activities, civil society in Nigeria, including charities, development NGOs, community groups, women’s organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations, trade unions, social movements, coalitions and advocacy groups, all have all been critical elements in Nigeria’s fight against terrorism. Terrorism has gone far in reducing the space in which free and safe

in Counter-terrorism and civil society
Jonathan Benthall

things, an example of grass-roots, community-based local Faith Based Organizations that were a meeting point for politically inspired Islamists and the devout middle class. They were beginning to tap successfully into the international aid system, and would have continued to develop in this direction if they had been encouraged to, and if they had not become the victims of a campaign

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
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Global security architectures and civil society since 9/ 11
Scott N. Romaniuk and Emeka Thaddues Njoku

and policies begin to take root in various political contexts, all organizations will begin to feel the effects of CTMs (Howell & Lind, 2010a , 2010b ). Therefore, responses of CSOs to counter-terrorism range from activities such as documenting and exposing the adverse effects of CTMs (Howell, 2014 ) to litigation. Specifically, many human rights and faith-based

in Counter-terrorism and civil society