This panel explores charity and philanthropy in the developing world, with a focus on Islam. Amongst other questions the panels asks: What role do Islamic and other forms of religious charity play in development and how do they intersect with moralities of capitalism around the world?
Interest in the role of international philanthropic foundations in development has grown in recent years. But as yet, there has been little interest in the developmental role of indigenous philanthropists and charitable institutions in the developing world. Yet local charities and philanthropists are increasingly being recognised as making - and likely to make - significant contributions to development in the coming decades. As well as posing important questions regarding the nature and future of development and global capitalism, studies of indigenous philanthropy also intersect with classic problems in the anthropology of religion, the person, the economy, and the gift, amongst others. This panel invites ethnographically-informed papers that seek to understand the processes which give rise to indigenous forms of charity, of how the philanthropic impulse is manifest, and the role that indigenous philanthropy plays and can play in the development process.