Culture, Transnationalism, And Civil Society

Overview

Focusing on the growing transnational community of Ismailis (Muslim Shi'a followers of the Aga Khan), this study analyzes the transnational and cultural characteristics of the Ismaili social service network in the context of state/society relations. There are approximately 20 million Ismailis worldwide in over 20 countries throughout the world, and they have developed—under the auspices of the Aga Khan—a sophisticated private sector nonprofit social service network of hospitals and schools that serves the health ...

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Overview

Focusing on the growing transnational community of Ismailis (Muslim Shi'a followers of the Aga Khan), this study analyzes the transnational and cultural characteristics of the Ismaili social service network in the context of state/society relations. There are approximately 20 million Ismailis worldwide in over 20 countries throughout the world, and they have developed—under the auspices of the Aga Khan—a sophisticated private sector nonprofit social service network of hospitals and schools that serves the health care and education needs of Ismailis and non-Ismailis. Based on research and interviews conducted in Europe and Africa from 1992-1995, this study shows how a strong society can contribute significantly to the social service goals of developing nations. It also provides information on the Ismailis of Tanzania which has not previously been available in the west, and so will be of interest to scholars of comparative politics, religious, development theory, and African Studies.

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A study of social service initiatives in Tanzania created by the Ismailis, a Shi'a Muslim community, focusing on the cultural and international dimensions of civil society in Africa in the theoretical context of transnational corporations. Contains chapters on transnationalism, culture, and civil society; health care, education, and the Asian in Tanzania; the Ismailis in Tanzania; Ismaili health- care and education initiatives; and culture and civil society in an international context. Includes a glossary of foreign terms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275955281
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/1996
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 1580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL J. KAISER is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mississippi State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Transnationalism, Culture, and Civil Society 1
Ch. 2 Health Care, Education, and the Asians in Tanzania 17
Ch. 3 The Ismailis in Tanzania 41
Ch. 4 Ismaili Health-Care Initiatives 62
Ch. 5 Ismaili Education Initiatives 79
Ch. 6 Culture and Civil Society in an International Context 98
Appendix and Selected Interviews 108
Glossary of Foreign Terms 114
Bibliography 115
Index 127
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