By Cihan Tugal
Based on numerous years of fieldwork in Egypt and Turkey, Caring for the Poor tells the tales of charity prone and volunteers. The booklet additionally locations their tales in the total improvement of Islamic ethics. Muslim charity, Tu?al argues, has interacted with Christian and secular Western ethics over the centuries, which themselves have a conflict-ridden and nonetheless evolving background. the general arch that connects all of those unique parts is (a mixed and asymmetric) liberalization. Liberalization has a tendency to remodel care right into a chilly, calculating, and individualizing set of practices. Caring for the Poor meticulously files this insidious technique in Egypt and Turkey, whereas additionally drawing realization to its limits and contradictions (by utilizing the yankee case to focus on the contested nature of liberalization even in its international leader). even though, as historians have proven, charitable actors have intervened in decisive methods within the upward push and death of social formations. Tu?al increases the prospect, in particular via his learn of 2 debatable Turkish agencies, that Islamic charity may well acceptable parts of liberalism to shift the area in a post-liberal direction.
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Caring for the Poor: Islamic and Christian Benevolence in a Liberal World by Cihan Tugal