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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]).

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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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

Forthcoming

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 ...

Nigerian Pentecostalism and Development Spirit, Power, and Transformation

Nigerian Pentecostalism and Development Spirit, Power, and Transformation

1st Edition

Richard Burgess
April 16, 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 ...

Muslim Women in the Economy Development, Faith and Globalisation

Muslim Women in the Economy Development, Faith and Globalisation

1st Edition

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 ...

International Development and Local Faith Actors Ideological and Cultural Encounters

International Development and Local Faith Actors Ideological and Cultural Encounters

1st Edition

Kathryn Kraft, Olivia J. Wilkinson
March 24, 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

Thia Cooper
February 12, 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

Philipp Öhlmann, Wilhelm Gräb, Marie-Luise Frost
January 20, 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

Olivia J. Wilkinson
December 03, 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

Praveena Rajkobal
November 11, 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

Dena Freeman
September 06, 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

Arnhild Leer-Helgesen
June 25, 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...

Development Across Faith Boundaries

Development Across Faith Boundaries

1st Edition

Anthony Ware, Matthew Clarke
April 16, 2019

Faith-based organisations (FBOs) have long been recognised as having an advantage in delivering programs and interventions amongst communities of the same faith. However, many FBOs today work across a variety of contexts, including with local partners and communities of different faiths. Likewise, ...

Religion and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia

Religion and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia

1st Edition

Carole Rakodi
April 05, 2019

This book analyses how religion is entangled in people’s lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. It provides an introduction to the teachings, practices and values promoted by the main religious traditions in these regions and an overview of the evidence on what religion means to people in ...

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