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Between Humanitarianism and Evangelism in Faith-based Organisations : A Case from the African Migration

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Religion has always played an important, if often contested, role in the public domain. This book focuses on how faith-based organisations (FBOs) interact with the public sphere, showing how faith-based actors are themselves shaped by wider processes and global forces such as globalisation, migration, foreign policy and neoliberal markets.

Focusing on a case study of an FBO in Morocco which gives aid to sub-Saharan African irregular migrants, the book reveals some of the challenges the organisation faces as it tries to negotiate at once local, national and international contexts through their particular Christian values. This book contends that the contradictions, tensions and ambiguities that arise are primarily a result of the organisation having to negotiate a normative global secular liberalism which requires a strict demarcation between religion and politics, and religion and the secular. Faith-based actors, particularly within humanitarianism, have to constantly navigate this divide and in examining the question of how religious values translate into humanitarian and development practices, categories such as religion, the secular and politics and the boundaries between them will need to be interrogated.

This book explores the diversity and complexity of the work of FBOs and will be of great interest to students and researchers working at the intersections of humanitarianism and development studies, politics and religion.

Number of Pages: 159
Genre: Political Science, Religion + Beliefs, Social Science
Series Title: Routledge Research in Religion and Development
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: May Ngo
Language: English
Street Date: April 11, 2018
TCIN: 53341582
UPC: 9781138674172
Item Number (DPCI): 248-63-3353
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