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Culture, Transnationalism, And Civil Society
     

Culture, Transnationalism, And Civil Society

by Paul Kaiser
 

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

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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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"The research is extraordinary; the author succeeded where others have failed in gaining access to the international, national, and local Ismaili records on health care and education in Tanzania. He also interviewed more than one hundred Ismaili and African leaders and examined pertinent government records in the Tanzanian archives." - The International Journal of African Historical 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.

Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Paul J. Kaiser is assistant professor of political science at Mississippi State University. He holds a PhD from Indiana University.

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