Report of the Symposium on Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World
December 17, 2007
This report was published after a 2007 symposium in Doha hosted by the Berkley Center and the Center for International and Regional Studies of Georgetown University in Qatar on the role of faith-based organizations in global development in the Muslim World. The meeting brought together a combination of practitioners and leading academics to review major issues facing the Muslim world. Major issues of focus at the Doha meeting included building better knowledge of institutional arrangements and trends in Muslim majority developing countries; exploring relationships among public, private, and religiously inspired actors; financing issues, including the post-9/11 landscape; and approaches to leading issues such as children, education, health, and gender. The review focused on how emerging institutions in the Muslim world, especially those with explicit faith links, are approaching issues of social and economic development.
Table of Contents
Introductory comments: Framing the Discussion: Tensions, Language, and what we mean by "Faith"
Part A: Discussing the Issues
I. Challenges of "Interreligious Understanding"
II. Avoiding "Western" Bias
III. Challenges of Gender in Development
IV. Politics around Development Work
V. Engaging the Next Generation
VI. Democracy and Civil Society in the Muslim World
VII. Justice in Islam
VIII. Challenges of Surveillance and Suspicion
IX. Justice on the Ground: Development Approaches in the Muslim World
X. Building Education in the Muslim World
XI. Confronting HIV/AIDS in the Muslim World
XII. Humanitarian and Religious Approaches to Development
Part B: Biographical Notes on Participants