Business Lunch and Schneider Student paper prize, Tate Hall, room 135.

Comments by Dolores Koenig, SEA President

Ty Matejowsky presenting the Schneider Student Paper Prize.

Christopher Taylor, New Islamic charities in North India: Re-visiting Islam’s “moral economy”

This paper argues that the practice of Islamic charity in India today reveals contradictions that invite us to reconsider our ideas of philanthropy and the relationship between the economy and Islam.  Drawing on a year and a half of work on new Islamic charities, this research illustrates how Muslim reformers seek to re-orient India’s Muslims toward the perceived requirements of capitalist markets.  Morality is often imagined to be at odds with capitalism, yet these “ethical entrepreneurs” promote development as simultaneously economic and moral.