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Routledge Research in Religion and Development


About the Series

The Routledge Research in Religion and Development series focuses on the diverse ways in which religious values, teachings and practices interact with international development.

While religious traditions and faith-based movements have long served as forces for social innovation, it has only been within the last ten years that researchers have begun to seriously explore the religious dimensions of international development. However, recognising and analysing the role of religion in the development domain is vital for a nuanced understanding of this field. This interdisciplinary series examines the intersection between these two areas, focusing on a range of contexts and religious traditions.

We welcome book proposals on diverse themes such as faith-based development organisations; religious players in health programming; proselytization and development; religion and the environment; gender, religion and development; religion and post-colonialism; and indigenous communities and development.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected].co.uk).

Series Editors:

Matthew Clarke, Deakin University, Australia

Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds, UK

Nathan Loewen, University of Alabama, USA

Editorial board:

Carole Rakodi, University of Birmingham, UK

Gurharpal Singh, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Jörg Haustein, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Christopher Duncanson-Hales, Laurentian University, Canada

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The Religion-Gender Nexus in Development Policy and Practice Considerations

The Religion-Gender Nexus in Development: Policy and Practice Considerations

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Nora Khalaf-Elledge
July 16, 2021

This book illuminates the intersections of religion and gender within the development sector, exposing challenges in both policy and practice and suggesting implementable solutions. This book argues that a better understanding of the religion-gender nexus is needed by development sector ...

Human Development and the Catholic Social Tradition Towards an Integral Ecology

Human Development and the Catholic Social Tradition: Towards an Integral Ecology

1st Edition

By Séverine Deneulin
May 21, 2021

This book brings development theory and practice into dialogue with a religious tradition in order to construct a new, transdisciplinary vision of development with integral ecology at its heart. It focuses on the Catholic social tradition and its conception of integral human development, on the ...

Adapting Gender and Development to Local Religious Contexts A Decolonial Approach to Domestic Violence in Ethiopia

Adapting Gender and Development to Local Religious Contexts: A Decolonial Approach to Domestic Violence in Ethiopia

1st Edition

By Romina Istratii
October 02, 2020

This book provides a critical and decolonial analysis of gender and development theory and practice in religious societies through the presentation of a detailed ethnographic study of conjugal violence in Ethiopia. Responding to recent consensus that gender mainstreaming approaches have failed to ...

Muslim Women in the Economy Development, Faith and Globalisation

Muslim Women in the Economy: Development, Faith and Globalisation

1st Edition

Edited By Shamim Samani, Dora Marinova
April 15, 2020

This book explores the changing role of Muslim women in the economy in the twenty-first century. Sociological developments such as secular education, female-focused policies, national and global commitments to gender equality as well as contemporary technological advances have all served to shift ...

Nigerian Pentecostalism and Development Spirit, Power, and Transformation

Nigerian Pentecostalism and Development: Spirit, Power, and Transformation

1st Edition

By Richard Burgess
April 15, 2020

This book examines the contributions, both intentional and unintentional, of Nigerian Pentecostal churches and NGOs to development, studying their development practices broadly in relation to the intersecting spheres of politics, economics, health, education, human rights, and peacebuilding. In ...

International Development and Local Faith Actors Ideological and Cultural Encounters

International Development and Local Faith Actors: Ideological and Cultural Encounters

1st Edition

Edited By Kathryn Kraft, Olivia J. Wilkinson
March 31, 2020

This book explores the interplay and dialogue between faith communities and the humanitarian-development community. Faith and religion are key influencers of thought and practice in many communities around the world and development practitioners would not be able to change behaviours for improved ...

A Theology of International Development

A Theology of International Development

1st Edition

By Thia Cooper
February 13, 2020

Religion and development have been intertwined since development's beginnings, yet faith-based aid and development agencies consistently fail to consider how their theology and practice intersect. This book offers a Christian theology of development, with practical solutions to bridge the gap and ...

African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonisation of Development Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches

African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonisation of Development: Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches

1st Edition

Edited By Philipp Öhlmann, Wilhelm Gräb, Marie-Luise Frost
January 16, 2020

This book investigates the substantial and growing contribution which African Independent and Pentecostal Churches are making to sustainable development in all its manifold forms. Moreover, this volume seeks to elucidate how these churches reshape the very notion of sustainable development and ...

Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response

Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response

1st Edition

By Olivia J. Wilkinson
December 13, 2019

This book investigates the ways in which the humanitarian system is secular and understands religious beliefs and practices when responding to disasters. The book teases out the reasons why humanitarians are reluctant to engage with what are seen as "messy" cultural dynamics within the ...

The Sarvodaya Movement Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka

The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka

1st Edition

By Praveena Rajkobal
November 07, 2019

This book provides an important case study of how local cultures, religions and spiritualities can enhance development activities, and provide helpful frameworks for contemporary societies facing the pressures of neo-liberalism. It specifically traces how the influential Sri Lankan Sarvodaya ...

Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development

Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development

1st Edition

By Dena Freeman
September 05, 2019

This book gives an in-depth analysis of the role of faith in the work of Tearfund, a leading evangelical relief and development NGO that works in over 50 countries worldwide. The study traces the changing ways that faith has shaped and influenced Tearfund’s work over the organisation’s 50-year ...

Negotiating Religion and Development Identity Construction and Contention in Bolivia

Negotiating Religion and Development: Identity Construction and Contention in Bolivia

1st Edition

By Arnhild Leer-Helgesen
June 24, 2019

This book argues that relationships between religion and development in faith-based development work are constructed through repeated processes of negotiation. Rather than being a neat and tidy relationship, faith-based development work is complex and multifaceted: an ongoing series of negotiations...

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