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Introduction

Michael Barnett and Janice Gross Stein

in Sacred Aid

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916023
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916023.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explores the relationship between the secular and the religious worlds. It first examines secularism and humanitarianism, and identifies the reasons why religious-based action is getting more attention nowadays. Next it discusses Christian and Islamic aid agencies, and then studies the different themes in the sanctification and secularization of humanitarianism. Finally, this chapter acknowledges the possibility that the secular and the religious are two distinct spheres, and examines the implications of the “gray” zone between sanctification and secularization.

Keywords: secularism; humanitarianism; religious-based action; aid agencies; sanctification; secularization

Chapter.  14726 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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