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Muslim Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare in Africa
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Muslim Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare in Africa (Hardback)

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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

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPublic administrationPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesDevelopment studiesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debates Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG Publication Date: 12/08/2020 ISBN-13: 9783030383077  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Holger Weiss is a Professor of General History at Abo 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.

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