[Hum_Calendar_Events] CNES Friday, April 16 - Critical Perspectives on the Criminalization of Islamic Philanthropy in the War on Terror

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Critical Perspectives on the 
Criminalization of Islamic Philanthropy 
in the War on Terror

A one-day conference organized by Asli Bali, UCLA Law School

Friday, April 16, 2010
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
UCLA School of Law, Room 1310

Transnational Muslim philanthropy has come under increasing scrutiny
post-9/11.  The expansive multilateral counter-terrorism measures taken
internationally since September 11th - combined with pressure emanating
from the United States in particular to close financing routes for
transnational Islamic charitable giving - have reportedly had a dramatic
impact on traditional networks of Muslim philanthropy. Though the new
regulation of Muslim charities is ostensibly aimed at increasing
transparency and accountability, the new rules have often been designed
to prevent funds from traveling across borders, resulting in charitable
monies being redirected to domestic causes or to informal networks.
While counter-terrorism measures designed to stem terrorism financing
are no doubt important, the treatment of Muslim transnational
philanthropy as inherently suspect has problematic implications.
Disruption to traditional Muslim philanthropic networks that provide
needed development aid and the potential consequence of routing
charitable giving into unregulated channels are among some of the
obvious pitfalls of current approaches.  This symposium will address the
under-studied impact of recent counter-terrorism measures on charitable
institutions and practices in the Muslim world.

Co-sponsored with the UCLA International Institute, Critical Race
Studies Program, UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law


Cost: Free and Open to the Public

For more information, contact:

Johanna Romero, Center for Near Eastern Studies
Tel: (310) 825-1455
cnes at international.ucla.edu


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