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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: June 2023
  • Print publication year: 2023
  • Online ISBN: 9781009268455
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The Islamic Welfare State explains the relationship between lived Islam, everyday human security, and government legitimacy in an Islamic society. Readers see the frequent abuse of Islamic injunctions by government and political parties. But readers also see the essential humanitarian spirit that makes Islam a compelling, community-strengthening faith. Readers appreciate how the humanitarian moral sentiments of Islam both provides everyday human security to millions of people and challenges legitimacy of government by allowing government to focus on protecting Islam rather than providing for the citizenry. The focus is on ground realities, on social welfare workers, and their beneficiaries, mostly patients and students from low-income families, their activities and experiences. The attention to affective politics permits the reader to understand politics and political change in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world.


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