Genealogy of “Humanitarian”
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Fabienne Le Houérou
This chapter outlines the conceptual underpinnings of the notion of charity.
More specifically, the notion of charity is explained in the religious contexts of
Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. This chapter also maps the
historical shifts to decouple Western notions of charity from religious associations.
Charity, Agapé, Sadaka, Zakat, Compassion, Dana, Religion,
Religious History, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism,
Secularization of state, Separation of church and state, Ramadan, Religious
NGOs, Secular NGOs, Iftar.
Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM) Aix-en-Provence France