Religion and social Policy in the Middle East: Beyond the Rentier State, Towards a New Ethic of Welfare

Project: Research council

Project Details


The research will examine what kinds of social welfare services are offered by the government in three countries in the Middle East: Iran, Turkey and Lebanon. It will also look at the social welfare services which are offered by religious welfare organisations in these three countries.

The aim of the study is to find out what social welfare and social policy mean in these three countries in order to make a more general assessment about how social policy works in the region. We are especially interested in finding out about the role of women in religious welfare practices. The research is also particularly interested in finding out about the personal points of view of policy-makers, practitioners and service-users since very little is known about them in the academic studies which already exist.

The research benefits directly from consultation with senior government official as well as directors and religious leaders of faith-based welfare organisations in Iran, Turkey and Lebanon.
Effective start/end date1/01/1230/11/14


  • Economic and Social Research Council

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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