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Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism

Michael Barnett and Janice Stein


The global humanitarian movement, which originated within Western religious organizations in the early nineteenth century, has been of most important forces in world politics in advancing both human rights and human welfare. While the religious groups that founded the movement originally focused on conversion, in time more secular concerns came to dominate. By the end of the nineteenth century, increasingly professionalized yet nominally religious organization shifted from reliance on the good book to the public health manual. Over the course of the twentieth century, the secularization of hum ... More

Keywords: global humanitarian movement, Western religious organisations, charity, secular groups, secularism, one-worldism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, developing world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916023
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Barnett, author
George Washington University

Janice Stein, author
University of Toronto

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