Social welfare and religion in the Middle East

A Lebanese perspective

Rana Jawad

Social welfare and religion in the Middle East

Rana Jawad

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

328 pages
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861349538 Published July 2009 For sale in North and South America only
As religion continues to regain its centrality in both academic and policy circles around the world, this book presents a new framework which examines the complex social and political dynamics shaping social welfare in the Middle East. Based on an in-depth study of the major Muslim and Christian religious welfare organisations in Lebanon (including Hezbollah), and drawing upon supplementary research conducted in Iran, Egypt and Turkey, the book argues that religion is providing sophisticated solutions to the major social and economic problems of the Middle East. It will be of use to students and academics of social policy, sociology, politics and Middle Eastern studies.
Contents
Introduction: religion and social policy: an old-new partnership
Religion and the foundations of social policy
Lebanon: a profile of political and welfare institutions
A philosophy of social service: faith or social insurance?
Systems of provision and welfare outcomes: defining and treating the causes of poverty
Social solidarity: between power and morality
Social ethics and welfare particularism
What next for the Middle East? Rereading history, re-visioning future possibilities of positive action
Review Quotes
Edward Gaier | Political Studies Review

"...an indispensable resource for academics interested in the revival of religion in social policy as well as professionals in the international development field looking for descriptive insight into religiously based civil society." 

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