For Humanity Or For The Umma?
Aid and Islam in Transnational Muslim NGOs
Marie Juul Petersen
A Hurst Publication
Reviews and Awards
"For Humanity or for the Umma? is a path-breaking study of Muslim NGOs. Avoiding the hype and following the theory and the evidence, Peterson produces a richly textured and nuanced appreciation of how these religious NGOs navigate the worlds in which they are embedded. At once careful and creative, hers is a study that not only shines a light on the complexity of Muslim NGOs, but also points a way toward understanding religious NGOs in an age of emergency and the relief-development nexus." -- Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University, and author of Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism
"This book will consolidate Marie Juul Petersen's already secure reputation as an important researcher. With the help of unique field material, from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well from countries that are easier to study, she shows that contemporary Islamic charities are mixtures of professionalism and piety as heterogeneous as their Christian counterparts, with a cultural dimension too often overshadowed by political controversy." -- Jonathan Benthall, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London
"This empirically detailed and theoretically astute study demonstrates Marie Juul Petersen's standing as one of the leading scholars of Islamic NGOs in the world today." -- Cecelia M. Lynch, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine