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Philanthropic Virtue
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2014 (English)In: Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies-An International Multidisciplinary Series / [ed] Hustinx, L; VonEssen, J; Haers, J; Mels, S, Switzerland: Springer , 2014, 1, 59-74 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Care of people who for various reasons have found themselves in crises or are in need of help and support has a central place in the Islamic theological tradition. The work of constructing a social safety net for society’s weaker individuals has been inspired by these lines of thought in a Muslim context. The motive for these interventions takes its starting point in a religious conception of taking care of weak members of society. Its forms of expression may vary, ranging from involvement in various forms of charitable contributions to philanthropic volunteer work.

Charitable work that is based on a religious foundation, which in its turn is based on a duty-centred perspective, is founded on notions that a believer shall perform his/her duties fittingly. A true believer is expected not to be egocentric but consider his/her fellow men. At the same time, we should not forget that the duty-centred religious perspective contains the idea that anyone who becomes involved in charitable work also receives something in return. Somewhere in the background is the notion that a person who performs his religious duty to take care of his neighbor will be rewarded in one way or another, either in this life or a coming life. The philanthropic motive may also be based on a religious worldview, but here the reward motive is replaced with care of one’s fellow beings and respect for man’s interior character.

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Switzerland: Springer , 2014, 1. 59-74 p.
, Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies, ISSN 1568-2579
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Islam, Philanthropy, Compassion, Charity, social safety net, Muslim moral philosophy
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Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230136DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-04585-6_4ISI: 000380571100004ISBN: 9783319045856; 9783319045849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230136DiVA: diva2:738970
International interdisciplinary academic workshop on the topic of volunteering, religion and social capital
Available from: 2014-08-19 Created: 2014-08-19 Last updated: 2016-09-15Bibliographically approved

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