Clarke, Matthew & Tittensor, David, Islam and Development. Exploring the Invisible Aid Economy, Surrey (Royaume-Uni), Ashgate, 2014, 224p.

clarkFocusing on the role and impact of Islam and Islamic FBOs, an arena that has come to be regarded by some as the ‘invisible aid economy’, Islam and Development considers Islamic theology and its application to development and how Islamic teaching is actualized in case studies of Muslim FBOs. It brings together contributions from the disciplines of theology, sociology, politics and economics, aiming both to raise awareness and to function as a corrective step within the development studies literature.


Introduction: the invisible aid sector, David Tittensor and Matthew Clarke.

Part I Islam in Development

Zakat and poverty in Islam, Jan A. Ali
The changing nature of Islamic mission: the cases of Tablighi Jama’at and the Gülen Movement, David Tittensor
Islamic international aid flows for poverty alleviation, Matthew Clarke
Development by Muslims, with Muslims and among Muslims: prospects and challenges for Christian aid agencies, Peter Riddell
Riba-free finance and zakat-induced economic aid: the political economy of two developmental initiatives in the Muslim world, Ameer Ali.

Part II Islam in Practice

Applying Islamic finance principles to microfinance, Aimatul Yumna; Mobile phones and religion: the case of women micro-entrepreneurs in a religious community in Indonesia, Misita Anwar and Graeme Johanson
Religion and post-disaster development, Ismet Fanany and Rebecca Fanany
Piety, gender relations and Muslim women’s empowerment: the case of Islamic NGOs in Bangladesh, Mohammed Musfequs Salehin.

Conclusion: invisible aid: Islam, Muslim NGOs and development, Matthew Clarke, Gerhard Hoffstaedter and David Tittensor

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