"During 2011-2012, I came to spend a year in Java, primarily in the cities of Surabaya and Jakarta, working closely with three major zakat collection bodies. All three bodies are renowned in Indonesia for their professional approach to zakat management and their innovative approaches to collecting and disbursing zakat and sedekah. I also got involved with mustahiq and muzakki, recipients and donors, and with state actors. I was particularly interested in processes of giving and receiving, public conceptions of and attitudes towards wealth and its generation, and the financing of micro-enterprises and the deployment of credit for the benefit of the poor and the needy. I was also preoccupied with ideas of justice and notions of rights as understood and practiced within the context of what it means to be a Muslim in contemporary Indonesia. "