The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society (JMPCS), is a bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal published by the Center on Muslim Philanthropy in partnership with Indiana University Press, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, International Institute of Islamic Thought, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. JMPCS seeks original academic research examining the broad scope of Muslim philanthropy and civil society. This peer reviewed online academic journal will publish research related to Muslim nonprofit, philanthropic and voluntary action. The terms “Muslim” and “philanthropy” are defined broadly to be inclusive of cutting-edge research from across the world and disciplines. JMPCS is intended to shed light on the dynamic practice and understanding of Muslim Philanthropy. 

REGISTER: Muslim Philanthropy in Latin America & the Latinx U.S.


Dear all,

I hope you are doing well.

On behalf of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, we want to extend the following invitation. Join us and learn more about this work.

REGISTER: Muslim Philanthropy in Latin America & the Latinx U.S. 

While the literatures on Muslim philanthropy and on Latinx philanthropy are continuously expanding, they lack perspectives on how Latinx Muslims and Muslims in Latin America are part of a wider matrix of generosity, volunteering, and mutual aid within, and beyond, both constituencies. On the one hand, Muslims give to organizations and participate in philanthropic activism at local, national, and global levels, hoping to make the world a better place in accordance with Islam. On the other hand, people who identify as Latinx or who live in Latin America have historically engaged in acts of solidarity and mutual assistance among vulnerable populations, addressing issues related to poverty, education, health, and culture.

The presentations below -- and the resulting special edition of the Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society -- will help move research on the intersections between these fields that much further.

We welcome you to REGISTER and join us for the following events. A specialized Zoom link will be sent ahead of the event for all those who register. 

NOTICE: All times are Central European Time (GMT +1). Please adjust for your own time zone. 

  Day One (December 7, 2022): 
Introduction & Welcome Lecture (5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central European Time)
  • Ken Chitwood (Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, IUPUI) - Introduction and Survey of Muslim Philanthropy in Latin America & the Latinx U.S.
Panel One (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CET) 
  • Steven James (University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology), "Cultural Identity Reconstruction, Religious De-Centering, and Rhetoric in Latinx Perspectives of Dawah"
  • Waqas Halim & Asad Ahmad Khan (IT University Lahore), "Unpacking Structuration of Identity, Worldviews and Strategies of Islamic Philanthropic Missions in the Caribbean"
  • Hazel Gómez (Rabata Org.), "Promoting Positive Cultural Change through Creative Educational Experiences, Spiritual Upbringing, and Community Care."
Day Two (December 8, 2022):
Lecture (5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET) 
  • John Tofik Karam (University of Illinois) - "Muslim Beneficence at a Hemispheric Crossroads of Authoritarian and Counterterrorist Rule."
Panel Two (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CET) 
  • Baptiste Brodard (International Islamic University Malaysia), "Islamic organizations and welfare social services in Colombia: Dawah or philanthropy?"
  • Odette Marie Yidi David (Universidad del Norte, Colombia), “Bogotá, Barranquilla, and Maicao: Living, teaching, and giving 'the Islamic way.'” 
  • Diogo Bercito (Georgetown University), “Remembering al-Zikra: Early Arab Migration to Brazil and Muslim Philanthropy."


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 - JMPCS Editorial Team

Vol. 6 No. 2 (2022): Canadian Muslim Philanthropy

Muslim Philanthropy in Canada is a special issue of the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society (JMPCS) based on papers given at a symposium hosted in March 2021 (virtual due to the COVID lockdown) by the Centre for Religion and Its Contexts at Emmanuel College, of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. The symposium was jointly funded by JMPCS and Emmanuel College. A special issue and a symposium dedicated to the topic of Muslim philanthropy in Canada is pioneering in two ways. First, Canadian academia has not focused enough on charitable giving, despite it being a significant part of the Islamic tradition. Second, both the symposium and this issue bring together scholars and practitioners to illuminate the topic of Muslim philanthropy in Canada. This special issue has two research articles and three practitioner reports on Canadian Muslim Philanthropy. The issue also includes two articles on Indonesian Muslim Philanthropy. 

Published: 2022-12-01

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