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Religious Practices: Zakāt (Almsgiving) and Other Charitable Practices: Turkey
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The system of charity in Islam involves financial rituals such as almsgiving, sacrifice, fitir, and other activities. As a universal humanitarian act charity, regardless of gender differences, is recommended or required of all Muslims. Turkish society, by its patriarchal structure, has been well known for its male-giver and women-recipient character. Even though, throughout Turkish history, philanthropic activities have been mostly managed by men, there have also been many leading female philanthropists. Charitable dealings are generally run by charitable endowments (waqfs…

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Bayindir, Servet, “Religious Practices: Zakāt (Almsgiving) and Other Charitable Practices: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0619d>
First published online: 2009

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