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This chapter investigates the way Turkish Muslim volunteers in the faith-based organization Deniz Feneri think of their activism. It investigates how Muslim forms of commitment have emerged and changed in shape and meaning in the context of Turkey’s broader socioeconomic neoliberal restructuring since the 1980s and discusses the complex notions of charity in Islam in comparison with secular understandings of humanist intervention. Inspired by theories of successive modernities, the chapter argues that volunteerism at Deniz Feneri provides activists with a sense of religious commitment expressing “post-modern” dynamic, self-reliant selves, while at the same time having collectivistic and peer-group-oriented inflections.

In: Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity
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This chapter investigates the way Turkish Muslim volunteers in the faith-based organization Deniz Feneri think of their activism. It investigates how Muslim forms of commitment have emerged and changed in shape and meaning in the context of Turkey’s broader socioeconomic neoliberal restructuring since the 1980s and discusses the complex notions of charity in Islam in comparison with secular understandings of humanist intervention. Inspired by theories of successive modernities, the chapter argues that volunteerism at Deniz Feneri provides activists with a sense of religious commitment expressing “post-modern” dynamic, self-reliant selves, while at the same time having collectivistic and peer-group-oriented inflections.

In: Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity