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Lecture by Mayke Kaag: Reflections on Trust and Trust Making in the Work of Islamic Charities from the Gulf Countries in Africa

18.01.2022, 6.30 p.m.
RW I - S 57 and Zoom


In this talk, I will reflect on the ways in which trust and mistrust influence the work of Islamic charities from the Gulf countries in Africa. I will not only pay attention to the importance of trust in aid relationships, but also and particularly focus on active trust making by these organisations, i.a towards their donors in the Gulf, towards their African target populations, and in the larger geo-political post 9/11 context. It will be shown that their strategies of trust making toward different audiences may create tensions, with which they have to deal, as well. More specifically, this necessitates navigating complex webs of expectations and playing with different narratives of trustworthiness.

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