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Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts (Suny Series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East)

ISBN13: 9780791457375
ISBN: 0791457370
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $71.5
Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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Pages: 352
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Offering insights and analysis in a field that has only recently come into existence, this book explores the ideals and institutions through which Middle Eastern societies--from the rise of Islam in the seventh century C.E. to the present day--have confronted poverty and the poor. By introducing new sources and presenting familiar ones with new questions, the contributors examine ideas about poverty and the poor, ideals and practices of charity, and state and private initiatives of poor relief over this extensive time span. They avoid easy generalizations about Islam and the Middle East as they seek to set the ideals and practices in comparative perspective.