Muslim Empowerment in Ghana

Analysing the Spectrum of Muslim Social Mobilization during the Internet Age

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This book is the first ‘groundwork’ on Muslim NGOs in contemporary Ghana. It builds upon a database of more than 600 Muslim non-profit associations, foundations and grass-roots organisations whose activities are traced through extensive use of social media. The first part of the book scrutinises the varieties of their activities and operational spaces, their campaigns and target groups, alongside their local, regional, national and international connections. The second part analyses contemporary debates on infaq, sadaqa, waqf and zakat as well as Islamic banking and micro-finance schemes for promoting social welfare among Muslim communities in Ghana.
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Holger Weiss, Ph.D. (1997), is Professor of general history at Åbo Akademi University and a specialist in global, Atlantic and African history. His most recent publications include A Global Radical Waterfront: The International Propaganda Committee of Transport Workers and the International of Seamen and Harbour Workers, 1921–1937 (Brill, 2021).
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Tables, Graphs and Figures

1 Empowerment through NGO s
 1 Muslims in Ghana
 2 Defining CBO s, CSO s and Muslim NGO s
 3 Empowerment and the NGO-isation of Philanthropy
 4 Detecting and Analysing the Spectrum of Muslim NGO s

2 A Changing Landscape of Muslim NGO s in Ghana
 1 Muslim Philanthropists: Outreach through Charities and Foundations
 2 Grassroots Associations, Movements and Representative Bodies
 3 The Youth as a Dynamic Force
 4 International Muslim Charities Operating in Ghana

3 The Essence of Muslim Faith-Based Humanitarian Relief
 1 Feeding and Clothing the Poor during Ramadan and at Eid
 2 Orphans
 3 Prison Inmates
 4 Ad Hoc Calls for Persons in Need
 5 Persons with Disabilities
 6 Mobilising sadaqa in Support of Deprived Communities
 7 Generating Donations from One Million Muslims via Social Media
 8 Local Initiatives in Tamale and Wa

4 Initiating Community Development
 1 SONSETFUND and Scholarships for Muslim Students
 2 Zero Gender-Based Violence
 3 Promoting Sustainable Development Goals and Interfaith Dialogue
 4 Establishing Islamic Clinics and Hospitals
 5 The Biodigester Toilet Project
 6 A Community Resource Centre, a Community Library and the Plastic4Education Project
 7 Developing Hohoe Zongo
 8 Urban Market Gardens

5 Zakat in Ghana: A Tool for Empowerment?
 1 Horizontal, Informal Philanthropy and the Traditional Discourse on Almsgiving
 2 Towards Vertical Philanthropy: The Instrumentalist Discourse
 3 The Institutionalist Discourse
 4 Local, Regional or a National zakat Fund?

6 Introducing Islamic Social Finance in Ghana: Prospects and Challenges
 1 Envisioning a Dual Fiscal System for Ghana
 2 Islamic Investment and Microfinance
 3 Waqf and sadaqa jariya

7 Concluding Reflections

Appendix: Associations, Foundations, Social Movements and NGO s Listed in the 2022 Ghana Muslim NGO (GMNGO) Database (status: 5.12.2023; Σ 683)
Bibliography
Index
specialists, institutes, libraries, students and practitioners focusing on Muslim empowerment in contemporary Ghana and Muslim NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa.
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