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Presented By: Global Islamic Studies Center

IISS Book Workshop. God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State

Nada Moumtaz, Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and in the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

IISS Book Workshop. God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State IISS Book Workshop. God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State
IISS Book Workshop. God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State
Up to the twentieth century, Islamic charitable endowments provided the material foundation of the Muslim world. In Lebanon, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the imposition of French colonial rule, many of these endowments reverted to private property circulating in the marketplace. In contemporary Beirut, however, charitable endowments have resurfaced as mosques, Islamic centers, and nonprofit organizations. A historical anthropology in dialogue with Islamic law, God's Property demonstrates how these endowments have been drawn into secular logics—no longer the property of God but of the Muslim community—and shaped by the modern state and modern understandings of charity and property. Although these transformations have produced new kinds of loyalties and new ways of being in society, Moumtaz’s ethnography reveals the furtive persistence of endowment practices that perpetuate older ways of thinking of one’s self and one’s responsibilities toward family and state.

Attendees are encouraged to read the introduction prior to the event. Limited copies of the book are available on the 5th floor of Weiser Hall, suite 500. An open-access ebook is also available here: https://luminosoa.org/site/books/m/10.1525/luminos.100/.
IISS Book Workshop. God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State IISS Book Workshop. God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State
IISS Book Workshop. God's Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State

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