Alms for Jihad

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Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World
Cover of the first edition of Alms for Jihad
Author J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins
Country United States
Language English
Genre Current affairs
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date
April 2006
Pages 368
ISBN ISBN 978-0-521-85730-7
OCLC 94948942
361.7/5/091767 22
LC Class HV435 .B87 2006

Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World is a 2006 book co-written by American authors J. Millard Burr, a former USAID relief coordinator in Sudan and Historian Robert O. Collins which discusses the role of Islamic charities in financing terrorism.


  1. The third pillar of Islam: zakat;
  2. Saudi Arabia and its Islamic charities;
  3. The banks;
  4. Afghanistan beginnings;
  5. Islamic charities and the revolutionary Sudan;
  6. Islam at war in the Balkans;
  7. The Central Asian crescent and Russia;
  8. From Afghanistan to Southeast Asia;
  9. The Holy Land;
  10. The Islamization of Europe;
  11. Islamic charities in North America.


In August 2007, the publisher, Cambridge University Press, removed the work from circulation under pressure from a libel action lawsuit filed against them in the British legal system by wealthy Saudi Khalid Salim A. Bin Mahfouz because the book accused him of funding al-Qaeda. Mahfouz had previously also forced the censorship of four other books:

Within hours, Alms for Jihad became one of the 100 most sought after titles on and eBay in the United States. Cambridge University Press sent a letter to libraries asking them to remove copies from circulation. CUP subsequently sent out copies of an "errata" sheet. The American Library Association issued a recommendation to libraries still holding Alms for Jihad: "Given the intense interest in the book, and the desire of readers to learn about the controversy first hand, we recommend that U.S. libraries keep the book available for their users."

The decision did not have the support of the book's authors and was criticised by some who claimed it was incompatible with freedom of speech and with freedom of the press and that it indicated that English libel laws were excessively strict.[1][2] In a New York Times Book Review (7 October 2007), United States Congressman Frank R. Wolf described Cambridge's settlement as "basically a book burning."[3]

CUP pointed out that, at that time, it had already sold most of its copies of the book. Kevin Taylor, intellectual property director at Cambridge University Press, stated that the book cited sources, "whose falsity had been established to the satisfaction of the English courts" in previous cases.[4]

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References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Bonus Books criticises CUP, The Bookseller, March 8, 2007
  2. ^ A University Press Stands Up -- and Wins, Inside Higher Ed, August 16, 2007
  3. ^ Rachel Donadio (2007-10-07). "Libel Without Borders". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Kevin Taylor, Why CUP acted responsibly 09.08.07
  • J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins (2006). Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-85730-9. 

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