Muslim Humanitarianism: An Afterword #MUHUM

Julie Billaud , July 12th, 2019

What kind of practices, forms of moral reasoning and ethical orientation does Muslim humanitarianism entail? In what contexts and in response to what social problems does it arise?…


At Odds with the Impulse: Muslim Humanitarianism and its Exclusions in Northern Pakistan #MUHUM

Emma Varley , July 10th, 2019

Drawing on fieldwork undertaken between 2004 and 2013 in Gilgit Town, the multi-sectarian capital of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, this brief explores how, even while they…


A Postcolonial Civic? Shi‘i Philanthropy and the Making and Marking of Urban Space in Mumbai #MUHUM

Radhika Gupta , July 9th, 2019

Scholarly discussions of charity, philanthropy and humanitarianism in varied contexts tend to uphold the moral ideal of giving for the sake of humanity at large or the common…


The Egyptian Red Crescent in the Twentieth Century #MUHUM

Esther Moeller , July 8th, 2019

The Egyptian Red Crescent was founded in 1912 by Sheikh Ali Yussuf with a clear Panislamic and anticolonial agenda. In the following decades, however, the organization turned more…


Reflections on a Theory of Zakat #MUHUM

Christopher Taylor , July 4th, 2019

This inquiry into the role of “obligatory almsgiving” (zakat) within Muslim humanitarianism presents a theorization of two modes of Islamic charity: the purity ethos and the developmentalist ethos….


Theorizing Humanitarianism for an Islamic Counterpublic #MUHUM

Basit Iqbal , July 3rd, 2019

Closely attending to Muslim theorizations provides an opportunity for social scientists to stop asking such questions as ‘what is so Islamic about Islamic humanitarianism?’ or ‘do Muslim humanitarians…


Religion in the Age of Development: Encounters in Asia

Nursyazwani Jamaludin , July 16th, 2018

Religious actors have become increasingly involved in development. Likewise, development actors like the World Bank have also become interested in religion (especially the religion of the communities …