Departmental Bulletin Paper <Articles>Philanthropy and "Muslim Citizenship" in Post-Suharto Indonesia

Hilman, Latief

5 ( 2 )  , pp.269 - 286 , 2016-08 , Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
ISSN:2186-7275
NCID:AA1256533X
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The spawning of Muslim philanthropic associations signifies an increasingly visible Islamic social and political activism, in Indonesia as elsewhere in the Muslim world. Acting as non-state welfare providers, the associations provide "social security" to poor and disadvantaged groups as a means of promoting the public good. In the intricate relationship between state and citizen in the world's largest Muslim country, Muslim philanthropic ideals of promoting the well-being of the community (ummah) are in turn contested. Will they lead to a more democratic citizenship or to new types of clientelistic relations within a plural society? This research deals with the following questions: To what extent are welfare issues perceived by Muslim philanthropic organizations as shaping a new debate over "citizenship"? Can the Islamic concept of ummah be reconciled with modern ideas of citizenship?
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