Table of Contents

Introduction: the invisible aid sector / David Tittensor & Mathew Clarke.
Is islam an obstacle for progress? The analysis of Said Nursi / Salih Yucel.
Zakat and poverty in Islam / Jan Ali.
The changing nature of Islamic mission: the cases of the Gèulen Movement and Tablighi Jamaat / David Tittensor.
Islamic international aid flows for poverty alleviation / Matthew Clarke.
Development by Muslims, with Muslims and among Muslims: prospects and challenges for Christian aid agencies / Peter Riddell.
Riba-free finance and zakat-induced economic aid: the political economy of two developmental initiatives in the Muslim world / Ameer Ali.
Applying Islamic finance principles to microfinance / Aimatul Yumna.
Mobile phones and religion: the case of women micro-entrepreneurs in a religious community in Indonesia / Misita Anwar & Graeme Johanson.
Religion and post-disaster development / Ismet Fanany & Rebecca Fanany.
Piety, gender relations and Muslim women's empowerment: case of islamic NGOs in Bangladesh / Mohammad Salehin.
Invisible aid: islam, Muslim NGOs and development / Matthew Clarke, Gerhard Hoffstaedter & David Tittensor. The study of Islam since the advent of 9/11 has made a significant resurgence. However, much of the work produced since then has tended to focus on the movements that not only provide aid to their fellow Muslims, but also have political and at times violent agendas. This tendency has led to a dearth of research on the wider Muslim aid and development scene. Focusing on the role of and impacts of Islam and Islamic FBOs, an arena that has come to be regarded by some as the 'invisible aid economy', Islam and Development considers Islamic theology and its application to development and how Islamic teaching is actualised in case studies of Muslim FBOs. It brings together contributions from the disciplines of theology, sociology, politics, and economics, aiming both to raise awareness and to function as a corrective step within the development studies literature.