Philanthropy and Muslim Citizenship in Post-Soeharto Indonesia

Abstract. The increasing number of Muslim philanthropic associations signifies increasingly visible Islamic social and political activism in Indonesia as elsewhere in the Muslim world. The “social security” they offer to poor and disadvantaged groups as non-state welfare providers does promote the public good within the complex relationship between state and citizen, but the Muslim philanthropic ideals they espouse raise larger questions: are they building a more democratic citizenry or new types of clientelistic relations? Can the Islamic concept of ummah be reconciled with modern ideas of citizenship within a plural but Muslim-majority society like Indonesia’s?

Speaker. Hilman Latief earned his Ph.D. from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2012. He is currently a faculty member at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, and has published a number of books and journal articles on Islamic philanthropy. He was a CRCS student of the first batch (2000).

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