Professor Amy Singer

Office tel. 03-640-6764

Office: Gilman Building, Room 453b

Office hours, Academic year 2004-2005: Monday, 14:00-15:00

Current research:

I am writing a book on charity in Islamic societies, which is intended as an introduction to the subject. It includes discussions of the religious basis and textual discussions of charity, particularly as they appear in the Qur’an and the hadith, the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, together with historical examples of how these ideas were translated into practice at various times and places. The book is intended as an introduction to the subject both for people interested in Middle Eastern and Islamic history, and for those interested in the study of charity and philanthropy who wish to broaden their understanding of their different expressions in human societies.

Alongside this general project I am researching the phenomenon of Ottoman public soup kitchens (imaret).

Sample courses: History of the Ottoman Empire, Modern Turkey, Charity and Social Welfare in Islamic Societies.