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From Charity to Social ChangeTrends in Arab Philanthropy$
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Barbara Ibrahim and Dina H. Sherif

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162077

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162077.001.0001

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Introduction Arab Philanthropy in Transition

Introduction Arab Philanthropy in Transition

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Arab Philanthropy in Transition
Source:
From Charity to Social Change
Author(s):

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim

Dina H. Sherif

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162077.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the ways in which persistent societal problems coupled with rapid wealth creation in the Arab region are driving a new generation of private citizens to commit resources for the greater public welfare. The book focuses on the ways that philanthropic giving currently is formalized into institutions. This is important because of the potential impact institutions can have over time. The chapter then discusses the Arab traditions of giving, Arab philanthropy today, the methodology used in this study, research constraints, and emerging themes in the study findings.

Keywords:   Arab region, philanthropy, public welfare, voluntary contributions

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