The Contribution of Muslim Charities in the West to International Development

6 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2010

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Nazila Isgandarovaa

Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; Khazar University

Date Written: August 19, 2010


Since the mid 1990s, civil society has been making significant contributions to international development but, at the same time, it became a focus of a special concern in development discourse policy. However, regardless of its significant influence to international development, the Muslim organizations have been neglected in this discourse but this has been noticeable only after the terrible event of 9/11. Since the early 1980s, Islam has become a significant driver of change and Muslim organizations have become important actors in efforts to fight global poverty. The author tries to highlight the growing prominence of Muslim organizations in development contexts and argues that the contributions of these organizations are still inadequately understood. However, the paper also discusses the need to develop a nationwide umbrella organization in order to achieve more transparency and accountability.

Keywords: Global development, Islamic tradition, Muslim charities, religious

JEL Classification: E6

Suggested Citation

Isgandarovaa, Nazila, The Contribution of Muslim Charities in the West to International Development (August 19, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 01, No. 01, pp. 39-44, 2010, Available at SSRN:

Nazila Isgandarovaa (Contact Author)

Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo Lutheran Seminary ( email )


Khazar University


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