Zakat and Poverty Alleviation in Tunisia Using the Fuzzy Approach

  • Mejda BouananiEmail author
  • Besma Belhadj
Original Article


Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam, which is compulsory to all the well-off Muslims, and it is given to the needy. It is used to fight poverty. This study examines Zakat’s impact on poverty in Tunisia. Using simulated data of individual well-being from Tunisian household survey in 2010, the potential importance of the Zakat to struggle with poverty is highlighted. Fuzzy Poverty Measurement is computed which shows that Zakat does reduce this measurement. The simulation results display a significant decrease of the poverty index of Tunisia’s seven regions, and poverty can be eradicated under cases West regions.


Fuzzy poverty measurement Zakat Poverty alleviation 

JEL Classification

C00 Z12 I32 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Econometrics Applied to Finance and FSEGTUniversity of Tunis El ManarTunisTunisia

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