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February 04, 2016

Study Finds Links in How Catholics and Muslims View Giving

New research suggests that having a positive effect on their faith communities is a bigger driver of giving by Catholic and Islamic congregants than peer pressure or fear of sanction if they abstain, two political scientists write in The Washington Post. In an entry in the Post's political-science blog, Monkey Cage, Ramazan Kılınç of the University of Nebraska and Carolyn Warner of Arizona State University summarize the findings of their interviews with members of Muslim and Catholic organizations in Dublin, Istanbul, Milan, and Paris.

Contrary to a view widely held in political-science circles that monitoring and sanctioning are key to faith-based giving, the professors say their subjects' charity is "motivated by their beliefs and the positive emotions they feel towards their respective religious communities." While both groups articulate similar community-based reasons for giving and volunteering, they differed in specific motivations, with Catholics more likely to emphasize love of humanity while Muslims stressed a duty to God, Mr. Kılınç and Ms. Warner write.