Muslim Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare in Africa

Editors: Weiss, Holger (Ed.)

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  • Addresses the discourses, agendas, and actions of Muslim faith-based organizations and activists to empower Muslim communities in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Focuses on how traditional Muslim welfare and charity institutions of are used to improve social welfare 
  • Highlights the role and interplay of local, national, and international Sunni, Shia, and Ahmadiyya Muslim faith-based organizations and NGOs
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This book addresses the discourses, agendas and actions of Muslim faith-based organizations and activists to empower Muslim communities in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. The individual chapters discuss how traditional Muslim welfare and charity institutions, zakat (obligatory or mandatory almsgiving), sadaqa (voluntary almsgiving and donations) and waqf (pious endowments), are used to improve social welfare, focusing on instrumentalization and institutionalization in the collection and distribution of zakat. The book includes case studies from West Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal), the Horn of Africa (Somalia) and East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), highlighting the role and interplay of local, national and international Sunni, Shia and Ahmadiyya Muslim faith-based organizations and NGOs. 
Chapters  "Muslim NGOs, Zakat and the Provision of Social Welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Introduction" and "Discourses on Zakat and Its Implementation in Contemporary Ghana" are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

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Holger Weiss is a Professor of General History at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and ordinary member of the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters. His research focuses on global and Atlantic history, West African environmental history, and Islamic studies, particularly Islam in Ghana. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Muslim NGOs, Zakat and the Provision of Social Welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Introduction

    Pages 1-38

    Weiss, Holger

  • Who Do FBOs Speak For? The Conundrum of Representation

    Pages 39-59

    Gez, Yonatan N.

  • Reflections on Trust and Trust Making in the Work of Islamic Charities from the Gulf Region in Africa

    Pages 61-84

    Kaag, Mayke (et al.)

  • Charity, ONG-Ization and Emergent Ethics of Volunteerism: The Case of Islamic NGOs in Côte d’Ivoire

    Pages 85-117

    LeBlanc, Marie Nathalie

  • Islamic NGOs in Somalia and Their Role in the Somali State-Building Process

    Pages 119-142

    Saggiomo, Valeria

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Muslim Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare in Africa
Editors
  • Holger Weiss
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38308-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38308-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-38307-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 313
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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