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This section presents a list of author names, terms and concepts with relevant to the discussion on 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 entries are arranged in alphabetical order from A to X. In this multidisciplinary volume welfare is regarded as a significant chapter in the history and culture of social politics and work in the Middle East.

Keywords:religious doctrine; social politics; welfare activities

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