A look at Saudi philanthropy


Podcast "Philanthropy in question(s)" - Episode 2

A look at Saudi philanthropy - Amélie Le Renard

In this second episode, we travel to Saudi Arabia. Anne Monier presents an article by sociologist Amélie Le Renard. She describes a country where the notions of the welfare state and charity are intertwined...

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The three main ideas of the article:

In this episode, Anne Monier focuses on the three main ideas developed by Amélie Le Renard in her article "Poverty and Charity in Saudi Arabia: The Royal Family, the Private Sector, and the Welfare State":

  • The confusion between the welfare state and charity in Saudi Arabia.

  • This confusion between charity and the welfare state is a technique of power.

  • The charitable sector in Riyadh has little room for autonomy.

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Other articles on the topic

  • Lacey R. and Benthall J. (eds.), Gulf Charities and Islamic Philanthropy in the "Age of Terror" and Beyond, Gerlach Press, 2014.

  • Montagu C., “Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector in Saudi Arabia.” Middle East Journal, vol. 64, no. 1, 2010, pp. 67–83.

  • Singer A., “Giving Practices in Islamic Societies.” Social Research, vol. 80, no. 2, 2013, pp. 341–358.

  • Lowi M.R. “Justice, Charity, and the Common Good: In Search of Islam in Gulf Petro-Monarchies.” Middle East Journal, vol. 71, no. 4, 2017, pp. 563–585.

  • El-Daly M. et Khalil M., "Philanthropy in the Arabic world", AFD, October 2017

  • Hartnell C., « Philanthropy in the Arab Region », Working paper, March 2018

  • « La philanthropie dans les Mondes Arabes », Article Carenews, 4 janvier 2021

  • « Future of Philanthropy in the Arab region » - Alliance Webinar, sponsored by Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and in partnership with Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), 23 February 2021

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