Politics of Humanitarianism: The Ahmadiyya and the Provision of Social Welfare

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Politics of Humanitarianism: The Ahmadiyya and the Provision of Social Welfare

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Langewiesche, Katrin

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Abstract

Ahmadi Muslims have combined local contributions and financial support from overseas to support various development projects since the 1920s when they started their mission activities in West Africa. The chapter outlines contemporary social welfare activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Humanitarian aid provided by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its NGO Humanity First is one of the issues favouring public recognition as well as interreligious dialogue to which the Ahmadis are equally strongly committed. Most of the donations for Humanity First come from members of the Ahmadiyya community, as zakat or sadaqa donations. Public recognition is particularly important with regard to the idiosyncratic situation of the Ahmadiyya movement in the Islamic world. The Ahmadis consider themselves Muslim, but they are not recognized as such by the majority of Muslims. While cooperation with other Muslim Groups or Islamic NGOs in Burkina is difficult for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, it clearly expresses its willingness to cooperate with the state.

Book Title

Muslim Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare in Africa

Place of Publication

Cham

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Date

2020

Pages

247-272

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ISBN

978-3-030-38307-7

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