Overrection against muslim charities

Publication date

18th September 2007


Jonathan Benthall



The Overreaction against Islamic Charities


The title of this article may be tempting fate. The British counter-terrorist services have reported that the financial trail leading to the 7 July 2005 attacks on London included direct or indirect links to eight unspecified charities. A single major terrorist outrage anywhere in the world, clearly funded through abuse of an established Muslim charity, would decisively blacken the reputation of the whole sector. However, from the evidence available at the time of writing, one of the repercussions of 9/11 has been hyper scrutinization of Islamic charities by the United States government that uncomfortably recalls the McCarthy period.



External research


BENTHALL, J, ‘The Overreaction against Islamic Charities‘ in ISIM Review, Autumn 2007, Issue no. 20, p. 6-7


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