The paper investigates the way Muslims working as volunteers in a faith-based organizationin Turkey think of their activism as a significant, and often essential, part of living aMuslim life in today’s society. Based on interviews with volunteers and fieldwork within the organization,it tackles questions related to how Muslim forms of commitment have emerged andchanged, both in shape and meaning, in the context of the broader socioeconomic neoliberal restructuringin the country since the 1980s. In this vein, the paper explores how new understandingsof a Muslim life as no longer centered only on the performance of core Islamic obligationshave developed in connection with these processes. In this regard, the paper also illustrates thecomplex process of resignification of long-standing notions of charity and good action in Islamin the light of these structural transformations.
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