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Contents Acknowledgments A Note on Transliteration Introduction 1. The Economy of Charity 2. State Interventions: Managing Poverty and Islam 3. A Space and Time for Giving 4. Privatizing Islam 5. Business with Allah 6. Islamic "Life Makers" and Faith-based Development Conclusion Appendix: A Geographer's Ethnography of Islamic Economic Practices Notes Glossary of Arabic Terms Bibliography Index
Mona Atia is assistant professor of geography and international affairs at George Washington University.
"Mona Atia has given us a grand tour of the landscape of an increasingly Islamic oriented Egypt. She demonstrates how the state's attempted control over popular practices of religion may have laid the ground for a subsequent religious revival. Building a House in Heaven uncovers the contradictions of the Islamist-led human development project and shows how older established practices of Islamic charity merge with market-based approaches, resulting in a unique form of 'pious neoliberalism' that is increasingly shaping the future of Egypt." --Nezar AlSayyad, University of California, Berkeley