Islamic Charity How Charitable Giving Became Seen as a Threat to National Security

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Publisher's Synopsis

Since 9/11 and the global War on Terror, practitioners of Islam in Europe and beyond have been scrutinised and surveyed under suspicion of disloyalty and as potential disrupters of national social cohesion. Seemingly benign, altruistic practices, such as charity, are viewed as potential threats to national security and have increasingly become subject to counter-terrorism policies. This work seeks to critically assess the assumptions behind the lesser-known financial War on Terror, through exploration of the effects of current policies on Muslim charitable practices in the UK. The consequences of current policies are multi-faceted - from the stigmatization and suspicion of Muslim charities and communities, individual loss of status and financial standing, to a decrease of living standards and/or loss of lives. Engaging with the everyday socio-political activities of Muslim individuals, this book gives voice to the motivations, apprehensions and challenges faced by Muslim charitable practitioners. A must read for anyone wanting to challenge policy assumptions behind increased surveillance of charities and individual donors, whilst outlining the repercussions of current policies on Muslim individuals and charities.

Book information

ISBN: 9781786999450
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Zed Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 361.75088297
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 330g
Height: 156mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 17mm