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“Brothers should help each other”: Islamic charitable organizations and “ph…,Toronto Canada

February 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST


Currently, an important dimension of most global governance and development approaches is to bolster the role and participation of “civil society” institutions. Likewise, supporting the potential contribution of religious charitable organizations is increasingly part of global and national development and humanitarian assistance agendas (Hurd 2012). But what kind of actions religious charitable organizations are expected to undertake, and how do particular political and legal configurations shape their capacity to act? Based on the humanitarian responses of Islamic charitable organizations to violent riots against Muslims in Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh, India), this presentation examines how secular governance influences the form and direction of contemporary Islamic charity in north India. I demonstrate how some Islamic charitable organizations resort to a form of “philanthro-nationalism” (Widger 2015) as a mode of legitimate social and political action. This strategy highlights the paradoxes characterizing the regulation of religion in secular states and their implications for the recipients of humanitarian assistance.


February 12
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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