Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism

Author: Michael Barnett

January 1, 2012

Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism by Michael Barnett and Janice Gross Stein makes the case that religious humanitarianism has unique strengths and challenges in the modern age. Building off an underlying foundation of the role religious faith has in market transactions, the authors explore Islamic, Christian, and Hindu case studies of religious giving in relation to secular states and multicultural communities. In the end, the authors argue that the sacred and profane concepts of aid need to be reintegrated together in order for humanitarian action to maximize its effect. The book was produced as part of the Luce-funded "Humanitarianism and Religion" program at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

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