Charity as Civic Participation for Dutch–Turkish Muslims

  • Yağiz Cebecioglu
Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)


This chapter argues that charity, in the sense that is inclusive of giving time and effort to volunteering, is considered a way of engaging with society for Dutch–Turkish Muslims in the Netherlands as well as a complementary element of their piety. Focusing on Muslims affiliated with two Islamic movements, the Gülen Movement and Millî Görüş (National Outlook), this analysis will show they are in a reciprocal interaction with both their religious communities and the Dutch society, in which they seek to actively participate. Building on previous scholarship on the religious movements and European Muslims, this chapter comparatively analyzes the relationship between forms of pieties prescribed by these movements and how their constituencies interpret, practice, and reflect on charity and volunteering in a Western context.


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  • Yağiz Cebecioglu
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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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