Introduction Arab Philanthropy in Transition

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim and Dina H. Sherif

in From Charity to Social Change

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9789774162077
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970283 | DOI:
Introduction Arab Philanthropy in Transition

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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the ways in which persistent societal problems coupled with rapid wealth creation in the Arab region are driving a new generation of private citizens to commit resources for the greater public welfare. The book focuses on the ways that philanthropic giving currently is formalized into institutions. This is important because of the potential impact institutions can have over time. The chapter then discusses the Arab traditions of giving, Arab philanthropy today, the methodology used in this study, research constraints, and emerging themes in the study findings.

Keywords: Arab region; philanthropy; public welfare; voluntary contributions

Chapter.  8123 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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