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Religious Practices: Zakāt (Almsgiving) and Other Charitable Practices: South Asia
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As the third pillar of Islam, zakāt has a long tradition in South Asia. Ever since the Muslim conquest of the Indian subcontinent from the eighth to the twelfth centuries, women have been either donors or recipients of zakāt and other types of donations.

Women as donors of charitable funds

It has always been normal practice for wealthy and influential people such as Muslim elites, local nawwābs, and landowners (sing. zamīndār) to help the poor…

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Preckel, Claudia, “Religious Practices: Zakāt (Almsgiving) and Other Charitable Practices: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0619c>
First published online: 2009



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