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Welfare Activities by New Religious Actors

Islamic Organisations in Italy and Switzerland


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Elisa Banfi
    Pages 1-29
  3. Elisa Banfi
    Pages 97-125
  4. Elisa Banfi
    Pages 127-152
  5. Elisa Banfi
    Pages 153-179
  6. Elisa Banfi
    Pages 199-208
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-275

About this book


This book offers a comparative examination of Islamic welfare activities across urban areas in both Switzerland and Italy, in order to address general issues relating to the welfare engagement of Islamic organisations in Europe.

Welfare Activities by New Religious Actors describes how Islamic organisations have been coordinated and structured in Geneva, Milan, Rome, and Zurich; four cities not yet analysed in the literature on Islamic welfare. It also explores the institutional opportunities and constraints are able to influence forms of social religious activities at the local and international level by bringing together two research fields that seldom speak to each other: social network analysis and political opportunity theory.

This book will appeal to scholars of Sociology, Anthropology and Religious Studies dealing with the social and political inclusion of Muslims in Europe and the social activities of Islamic organisations in Western countries.


Islamic welfare Muslim immigration Colonialism ius sanguinis Civil rights Anti-Islamophobic Discourse Islamic Welfare Activism Islamic Sociocultural Activism in Rome Islamic Sociocultural Activism in Geneva Islamic Sociocultural Activism in Zurich Islamic Sociocultural Activism in Milan

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.GenèveSwitzerland

About the authors

Elisa Banfi is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Institute for Citizenship Studies (InCite) at the University of Geneva. Her work focuses on Muslim organisations in Europe, the engagement of religious actors, and the relationship between Islam and politics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Welfare Activities by New Religious Actors
  • Book Subtitle Islamic Organisations in Italy and Switzerland
  • Authors Elisa Banfi
  • Series Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62095-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87233-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62096-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 275
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Politics of the Welfare State
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
    Political Sociology
    European Politics
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