Islamic Call Society

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Libyan government missionary organization, founded in 1972. Responsible for preparing preachers and missionaries for international prosetylization. Students come primarily from Asia and Africa. Little domestic activity. The number of members is unknown. Consists of administrative council of at least five members, which plans and oversees activities; a general secretary, who serves as the official external representative; and the general assembly, which meets annually and evaluates the work of the administrative council. Has as its main financial source state subsidies. Is exempt from all taxes and duties, is subject to no restrictions on capital transfers, and has the right to work with any organization if it furthers the spread of Islam. Has branch offices throughout the world. Tries to tie Muslims around the world to Libya and Muammar Qaddafi's interpretation of Islam. Also serves to counter other proselytization organizations, especially the Saudi Muslim World League. Sends missionaries and medical relief caravans throughout the world, grants financial aid, and publishes books, brochures, and periodicals.

Subjects: Islam.

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