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Exploring Islamic Social Work

Between Community and the Common Good

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Focus on Muslim social services that go beyond Muslim clients to also address the needs of the wider society

  • A post-secular, interdisciplinary approach to social work linking theological reflection with social scientific insights

  • Features cross country comparisons to Islamic work

Part of the book series: Muslims in Global Societies Series (MGSS, volume 9)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Target Groups and Contexts of Islamic Social Work

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. Secularism, Social Work and Muslim Minorities in France

      • Daniel Verba, Faïza Guélamine
      Pages 65-80Open Access
    3. Identity, Intersectionality and Children in Care: The Case of Muslim-Heritage ‘Looked-After’ Children in the UK

      • Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Alison Halford, Mphatso Boti Phiri
      Pages 81-97Open Access
  3. Perspectives and Contributions to Alternative Social Work

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 201-201
    2. Anti-oppressive Practice in Social Work with Women Wearing Hijab

      • Rojan Afrouz, Beth R. Crisp
      Pages 203-218Open Access
    3. Social Work and Muslim Welfare: A Women’s Grassroots Association

      • Jussra Schröer, Birsen Ürek
      Pages 219-232Open Access

About this book

This open access book addresses, for the first time, Islamic social work as an emerging concept at the interface of Islamic thought and social sciences. Applying a multidisciplinary approach it explores, on the one hand, the discourse that provides religious legitimisation to social work activities and, on the other hand, case studies of practical fields of Islamic social work including educational programmes, family counselling, and resettlement of prisoners. Although in many cases, these activities are oriented towards Muslim clients, more often than not they go beyond the boundaries of Muslim communities to benefit society as a whole. Muslim actors are also starting to professionalise their services and to negotiate the ways in which they can become fully recognised service-providers within the welfare state. At a more general level, the volume also shows that in contrast to the widespread processes of secularisation of social work and its separation from religious communities, new types of activities are now emerging, which bring back to the public arena both an increased sensitivity to the religious identities of the beneficiaries and the religious motivations of the benefactors. The edited volume will be of interest to researchers in Islamic Studies, Social and Political Sciences, Social Work, and Religious Studies.
This is an open access book.


  • Family Counselling Muslims
  • Islam Social Work
  • Marginalization Muslims
  • Open Access
  • Practical Theology Islam
  • Radicalization Prevention
  • Resettlement Muslims Prison
  • Segregation Islam
  • Social Ethics Islam
  • Social Welfare Islam
  • Spirituality in Social Work

Editors and Affiliations

  • Swiss Center for Islam and Society, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

    Hansjörg Schmid

  • Department of Social Work Social Policy and Global Development, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

    Amir Sheikhzadegan

About the editors

Hansjörg Schmid is director of the Swiss Center for Islam and Society and professor for interreligious ethics at the University of Fribourg, he was the founder and coordinator of the Theological Forum Christianity – Islam, his research is focused on interreligious social ethics and on Muslims in European societies with a focus on chaplaincy and social work.

Amir Sheikzadegan, PhD in Sociology from the University of Zurich, is a senior researcher both at the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Global Development of the University of Fribourg. Topics of his research include Islam between tradition and modernity, political Islam, narrative identity, civic engagement, spiritual care, and qualitative social research.

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)