Social Welfare in Muslim Societies in Africa

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Nordic Africa Institute, 2002 - Social Science - 189 pages
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In recent decades there has been an increasing attempt by Muslim intellectuals to reflect on the provision of social welfare in Muslim societies in Africa. One reason for this is the few, if not non-existent, possibilities of the states to provide for the basic needs of their subjects, a situation that has become painfully evident in most African states not only the Muslim ones. However, public as well as private provision of social welfare is not a new phenomenon in the Muslim world.
"This book deals with a most important and previously largely overlooked theme. In the current situation, when economically weak African states have great problems providing social amenities for their people, the welfare activities of Islamic -- and other -- non-governmental organizations have become especially important. This book provides a number of theoretically and, in particular, empirically interesting and valuable discussions on various kinds of Muslim social welfare in a number of African countries." -- David Westerlund, Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden
 

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Contents

Preface
5
Is there Room for NonMuslims in the Sudans Islamic Economy?
39
CHAPTER III
66
CHAPTER IV
80
Rudiger Seesemann
98
CHAPTER VI
118
Sulemana Mumuni
138
CHAPTER VIII
162
Contributors
189
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Holger Weiss is currently Professor in General History at Abo Akademi University in Finland. He is Docent in Global History at Abo Akademi University and Docent in African History at the University of Helsinki.

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