The Charitable Crescent: Politics of Aid in the Muslim World

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I. B. Tauris, Oct 24, 2003 - Political Science - 250 pages
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This is a unique and original survey of Middle Eastern and Muslim charity groups, their work, and their links to the political firmament within the Islamic world today. It explains the conflict between two trends: the tradition of philanthropy of Muslim societies on the one hand, and the demands of politics on the other. In the process the authors identify a number of issues: who is entitled to benefit from Muslim alms? What are the priorities? What should be the relations between charitable institutions and the state? What account must the organizers of charity give to the public? And who is entitled to interpret Islamic doctrine?

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two resources for charity
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Red Crescent politics
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the medic the militant and the fighter
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Jonathan Benthall is the former Director of the Royal Anthropological Institute, editor of Anthropology Today, and author of Disasters, Relief and the Media. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London, and former Chair of the International NGO Training and Research Centre, Oxford.

Jérôme Bellion-Jourdan has a doctorate in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, and has been a research fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research, Paris, and is a lecturer at Cairo University.

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