Philanthropy in the World's Traditions

Philanthropy in the World’s Traditions

Edited by Warren F. Ilchman, Stanley Katz, and Edward L. Queen II
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/1/1998
Format: cloth 400 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-33392-6
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“The cross-cultural understandings this book provides can do much to help us determine the distinctive shape and form American religious philanthropy might take in the future.” —Christian Century

"The provocative information challenges the assumptions that philanthropy is a primarily Western or Christian tradition, and it clarifies the need for additional study." —Choice

An investigation of how cultures outside the Western tradition understand philanthropy and how people in these cultures attempt to realize “the good” through giving and serving. These essays study philanthropy in Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, and Native American religious traditions and in cultures from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Author Bio

WARREN F. ILCHMAN is Director of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. STANLEY N. KATZ is senior fellow in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and past president of the American Council of Learned Societies. EDWARD L. QUEEN II is director of the Religion and Philanthropy Project at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.
Contributors (a very preliminary set of bios) Leona Anderson is professor of religious studies at the University of Regina.
Said Arjomand is professor of sociology at SUNY Stony Brook.
G.D. Bond is professor of religion at Northwestern University.
Steven Feierman is professor of history and sociology of science and of history at the University of Pennsylvania.
John A. Grim is professor of religious studies at Bucknell University.
Ananda W.P. Guruge is senior special advisor to UNESCO’s Culture of Peace Program.
Warren F. Ilchman is executive director of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and professor of political science and philanthropic studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is author or editor of fourteen books, the most recent of which is entitled Capacity for Change? The Nonprofit World in the Age of Devolution.
Mark Juergensmeyer is professor of sociology at University of California at Santa Barbara.
Stanley N. Katz is senior fellow in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and past president of the American Council of Learned Societies.
Leslie S. Kawamura is professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary.
Gregory C. Kozlowski is professor of history at DePaul University.
Leilah Landim is a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Religion (ISER).
Adele Lindenmeyr is professor of history and Russian studies at Villanova University.
Darrin M. McMahon is professor of history at Yale University.
Derek J. Penslar is professor of history, Jewish studies, middle east studies, and philanthropy at Indiana University.
Amanda Porterfield is director of women’s studies and professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Edward L. Queen, II is director of the Religion and Philanthropy project at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Miroslav Ruzica is professor of Social Work and philanthropic studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Vivienne B. Shue is professor of government at Cornell University.
Andrés A. Thompson is program director at the W.K. Kellog Foundation.
Mary Evelyn Tucker is professor of religious studies at Bucknell University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Warren Ilchman, Stanley Katz, and Edward L. Queen, II
Part One: Non-Literate/Aboriginal Traditions
1. Reciprocity and Assistance in Precolonial Africa
Steven Feierman
2. A Comparative Study in Native American Philanthropy
John A. Grim
Part Two: Historical/Textual Roots
3. Contextualizing Philanthropy in South Asia: A Textual Analysis of Sanskrit Sources
Leona Anderson
4. Generosity and Service in Theravada Buddhism
Ananda W.P. Guruge and G.D. Bond
5. The Mahayana Buddhist Foundation for Philanthropic Practice
Leslie S. Kawamura
Part Three: Philanthropy in Context
6. Philanthropy, the Law, and Public Policy in the Islamic World before the Modern Era
Said Arjomand
7. Reflections on Chinese Philanthropy Based on the Case of Famine Relief in Shan-yin County,
Shao-hsing, 1640-1642
Joanna F. Handlin Smith
8. A View of Philanthropy in Japan: Confucian Ethics and Education
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Part Four: Philanthropy and Social Change
9.
The Origins of Modern Jewish Philanthropy
Derek J. Penslar
10. Mount Holyoke Missionaries and Non-Western Women: The Motivations and Consequences of Nineteenth Century American Missionary Philanthropy
Amanda Porterfield
11. Orthodox Christianity, the Nation-State, and Philanthropy: Focus on the Serbian Orthodox Church
Miroslav Ruzica
Part Five: New Shoots, Old Roots
12. Hindu Philanthropy and Civil Society
Mark Juergensmeyer and Darrin M. McMahon
13. Religious Authority, Reform, and Philanthropy in the Contemporary Muslim World
Gregory C. Kozlowski
14. From Repression to Revival: Philanthropy in Twentieth-Century Russia
Adele Lindenmeyr
15. State Power and the Philanthropic Impulse in China Today
Vivienne B. Shue
16. Civil Society and Philanthropy in Latin America: From Religious Charity to the Search for Citizenship Andrés A. Thompson and Leilah Landim
Contributors
Index