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By Cihan Tugal

Based on a number of years of fieldwork in Egypt and Turkey, Caring for the Poor tells the tales of charity services and volunteers. The publication 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 heritage. the general arch that connects all of those precise components is (a mixed and asymmetric) liberalization. Liberalization has a tendency to rework care right into a chilly, calculating, and individualizing set of practices. Caring for the Poor meticulously records this insidious technique in Egypt and Turkey, whereas additionally drawing realization to its limits and contradictions (by utilizing the yank case to spotlight the contested nature of liberalization even in its global leader). in spite of the fact that, as historians have proven, charitable actors have intervened in decisive methods within the upward push and dying of social formations. Tu?al increases the prospect, specially via his learn of 2 debatable Turkish agencies, that Islamic charity may perhaps applicable components of liberalism to shift the realm in a post-liberal direction.

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