20. Charity

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Jonathan Benthall

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch20

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Benthall, J. (2012) Charity, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch20

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • charity and mutual aid, as being influenced by egoistic motives;
  • Zakat and allied principles;
  • Zakat, the third of the five pillars of Islam, others as shahada, religious affirmation;
  • relationship between charity and scripturalist cultures;
  • Islamic charity, a more rigorous cross-cultural comparison of the charitable field;
  • Marcel Mauss's study in reciprocity and social solidarity;
  • Islamic traditions, different intellectual problems from cultural relativism;
  • Islamic charity sector, conservative Islamic teachings on zakat, donor-oriented;
  • anthropological reflections on the nature of charity as a system of exchange


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Reciprocity, Sharing, and Giving

  • A Scholarly Hiatus

  • Islamic Charity

  • Charity that Dares not Speak its Name

  • Constructs for Cross-Cultural Analysis

  • Acknowledgments

  • References