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Call for Papers: British Muslim Charitable Organisations: A Best Practice Forum

A one-day conference organised by the Muslims in Britain Research Network in partnership with the Muslim Charities Forum and the Humanitarian Academy for Development.

Date: 15 January 2020

Location: Humanitarian Academy for Development, Birmingham

This is a call for papers from scholars and practitioners working in, working with or researching Muslim charities that are based in the United Kingdom but conduct charitable activities throughout the world. British Muslim INGOs have been in operation in the UK since the early eighties. Since then, the sector has grown and now includes over a hundred charities which have a total spend of just under half a billion pounds annually.

These charities have been at the forefront of providing aid in times of crisis and in supporting long term economic development in some of the poorest parts of the world. This conference is the first opportunity for members from this sector to showcase their work from the field and to discuss and debate the challenges the sector faces, whether to do with fundraising, policy contexts, or working internationally. Representatives of charities and scholars are invited to present papers on a specific aspect of British Muslim charity that they wish to highlight as best practice, or to open debates about working in any sector of development work. The conference organisers intend to collect all or part of the proceedings of the conference to be published in book form. We are particularly interested in papers that describe innovative and impactful charitable projects.

Abstracts are invited for papers that address any of the conference themes:

  • Growth and innovation in the British Muslim charity sector;
  • Inter-faith partnerships in the delivery of aid and other forms of assistance;
  • The policy context of British Muslim charity, including the role of the Charity Commission;
  • Research into the impact of British Muslim charitable activities;
  • Ethical and political debates about the form British Muslim charitable giving should take;
  • Working in the UK and internationally.

To participate please send an abstract of no more than 200 words to the email address below by 22 November 2019. Please indicate if you would be interested in your presentation being adapted for the edited book. Written submissions should be no longer than 2000 words in total.

Abstract submissions and any general questions should be sent to the conference organisers at MuslimsinBritainRN@gmail.com.

The Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) is a scholarly organisation whose aims are to promote and share academic research into British Muslims and to build connections between academics, students, professionals, researchers, journalists and practitioners. The Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) is a centre of excellence serving the leadership, research and talent development needs of the humanitarian sector. The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) is a network for British Muslim Charities whose aim is to collectively build a more accountable, transparent and efficient British Muslim charitable sector. The MCF will be launching its research into the charity sector at this event.