“Cultural Proximity” and the Conjuncture of Islam with Modern Humanitarianism

Jonathan Benthall

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916023
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950447 | DOI:
“Cultural Proximity” and the Conjuncture of Islam with Modern Humanitarianism

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This chapter discusses the issue of “cultural proximity.” It determines that this issue has arisen almost exclusively in the context of work in the Muslim world, where the word “cultural” becomes a euphemism for “religious.” It studies “communitarian aid” in the context of the Christians and Jews, and introduces the concept of the Islamic umma, or transnational community of Muslims. It also describes the devastating effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on Aceh, Indonesia, and the help given by Islamic Relief to the citizens in Mali. Finally, this chapter discusses the problem surrounding child sponsorship.

Keywords: cultural proximity; communitarian aid; Islamic umma; tsunami; Islamic Relief; Mali; Aceh; child sponsorship

Chapter.  10071 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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