Zakat in America: The Evolving Role of Islamic Charity in Community Cohesion
Thomas H. Lake Lecture
Dr. Ingrid Mattson discusses the Islamic tithe, zakat, and how it has historically connected and shaped the way Muslims relate to one another and to society at-large. She talks about how shifts in cultural expectations and world events are forcing many Muslims to reconsider the function of charity in their group identities.
Mattson is the first female and first convert to Islam to serve as President of the Islamic Society of North America, an independent membership organization dedicated to “the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large.” Through diplomatic solutions to conflict, educational and social outreach programs and humanitarian relief work, the organization seeks to eliminate prejudice and promote peaceful coexistence among Muslims and people of other diverse traditions.
Since 2012 Dr Mattson has held the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at Western University in London, Canada.
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