Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Welfare and relief activities and efforts in the Middle East, like other regions, involve ideas and practices of improving people's lives. These activities include charitable acts, benevolence, and philanthropy and are performed or carried out by states, secular and religious institutions, and individuals. Studies and debates regarding past and ongoing welfare activities in the Middle East have focused mostly on religious doctrine and political positioning, yet few have examined how welfare is an endlessly evolving enactment of gender, family, local practices, community and state relationships. The global politics of welfare involves not only the uneven allocation of access to humanitarianism, but also moral and political impact and involvement in what is seen by many as a merging of aggression and humanitarianism in the name of freedom and faith. This chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords:humanitarianism; Middle Eastern history; religious doctrine; social politics; welfare activities



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation