A Brief History of Humanitarianism in the Muslim World

“The concept of charity is central to social justice, which is a sacred value in Islam and a central tenet of the faith”

Author: Mamoun Abuarqub and Isabel Phillips
Country: International
Category: Human Development and Poverty

The modern humanitarian principles of saving lives and alleviating poverty are divinely entrenched in the teachings of Islam; according to the Qur’an, saving a life is like saving the whole of humanity.1 Inspired by these teachings, acts of charity, concern for others and the provision of social welfare have played an integral role in Muslim societies for the last 1400 years. This document provides a brief historical overview of humanitarianism in the Muslim world and in doing so demonstrates the centrality of humanitarian principles in Islam.

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