Islamic Charitable NGOs: Between Patronage and Empowerment

Semi-public conference
Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Thursday, 14 June 2007

Provisional programme

09.15                   Welcome with coffee

09.30–11.00         First session: Islamist NGOs and youth movements in the Middle East
Chaired by Prof. Dr Martin van Bruinessen, ISIM Chair at Utrecht University

Papers by:           Egbert Harmsen (ISIM), Islamist NGOs in Jordan and the empowerment of subaltern groups

Marie Juul Petersen and Sara Lei Sparre (Danish Institute for International Studies), Islamic youth movements, charitable work and development in Jordan and Egypt

11.00                   Coffee break  

11.15–12.45         Second session: Broader concerns
Chaired by Dr Caroline Suransky, University of Humanistics

Papers by:           Sheila Carapico (University of Richmond), on the landscapes of NGOs in the Middle East (invited)

Khaled Hroub (Cambridge Arab Media Project), Hamas and its social welfare activities

Jonathan Benthall (University College London), Islamic charitable NGOs, development, relief work, and the "war on terror"

12.45 – 14.00       lunch

14.00 – 15.00       Third session: Comments and discussion

                           Chaired by Tini van Goor, HIVOS

Nigel Dower (University of Aberdeen), Religion, ethics and development: comments

To be followed by further discussions with the audience.


The conference will be semi-public: only a limited number of listeners can be admitted. Those interested in attending are requested to write to before 8 June 2007.

The conference is organized by ISIM with the support of HIVOS, and with reference to the PhD defense by ISIM Fellow Egbert Harmsen at Utrecht University on 13 June on ‘Religious Discourse and Social Practice of Islamic Voluntary Welfare Associations in Jordan.’ This dissertation will be published in the ISIM Dissertations series at Amsterdam University Press.