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The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development

Edited By

Emma Tomalin

ISBN 9781138070752
Published May 10, 2017 by Routledge
458 Pages

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Book Description

This Handbook provides a cutting-edge survey of the state of research on religions and global development. Part one highlights critical debates that have emerged within research on religions and development, particularly with respect to theoretical, conceptual and methodological considerations, from the perspective of development studies and its associated disciplines. Parts two to six look at different regional and national development contexts and the place of religion within these. These parts integrate and examine the critical debates raised in part one within empirical case studies from a range of religions and regions. Different religions are situated within actual locations and case studies thus allowing a detailed and contextual understanding of their relationships to development to emerge. Part seven examines the links between some important areas within development policy and practice where religion is now being considered, including:

  • Faith-Based Organisations and Development
  • Public Health, Religion and Development
  • Human rights, Religion and Development
  • Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Religion
  • Global Institutions and Religious Engagement in Development
  • Economic Development and Religion
  • Religion, Development and Fragile States
  • Development and Faith-Based Education

Taking a global approach, the Handbook covers Africa, Latin America, South Asia, East and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. It is essential reading for students and researchers in development studies and religious studies, and is highly relevant to those working in area studies, as well as a range of disciplines, from theology, anthropology and economics to geography, international relations, politics and sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction   Part 1 Critical Debates for Religions and Global Development  2. Development, Religion and Modernity  3. Researching Religions and Development  4. Theology and Development: Christian and Jewish Approaches  5. A History of Faith-based Aid and Development  6. Proselytizing Development  Part 2. Sub-Saharan Africa 7. Religion and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Overview  8. Pentecostalism and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa  9. Masculinities, HIV and Religion in Africa  Part 3 Latin America  10. Development and Religious Change in Latin America  11. Inca Roads, Protestant Hospitals, Catholic Cheese, and the Fluctuating State: Religion and Development in Ecuador  12. The Catholic Church, Contemporary Sexual Politics and Development in Latin America  Part 4 South Asia  13. Religion and Development in India and Pakistan: an overview 14. Caste and the Conundrum of Religion and Development in India  15. Religion, Gender and Development in South Asia  Part 5 East and South East Asia  16. Religion and Development in China   17. Critical Perspectives on Religions – Especially Christianity – in the Development of South Korea Post-1945   18. Religion and Gender in Developing Southeast Asia   Part 6 The Middle East and North Africa  19. Religion and Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Poverty Relief or Social Transformation?   20. Islamic Finance, Financial Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in MENA  21. Sexuality, Development and Islamophilia in the Arab Uprisings: The Missing Links  Part 7 Development Policy and Practice  22. Faith-Based Organizations and Development  23. Religion at the Intersection of Development and Public Health in Development Contexts: From Advocacy About Faith-based Organizations to Systems Thinking  24. Conflict or Compatibility? Reflections on the Nexus Between Human Rights, Development and Religion in Muslim Aid Organizations  25. Complex Global Institutions: Religious Engagement in Development  26. Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Religion  27. Religion and Economic Development  28. Religion, Development and Fragile States  29. Development Organizations’ Support for Faith-based Education: Recent Turns Toward Ethics and Dialogue

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Emma Tomalin is the Director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life and a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.


"Comprehensive, clear and cutting-edge, this volume offers the first truly global survey of the intertwining of religions with development. All the contributions are authoritative, up-to-date and firmly rooted in command of theoretical ideas and case studies. It should be essential reading for researchers, policy makers and practitioners concerned with development."James A. Beckford, University of Warwick, UK

"This new Handbook is the first to present an extensive overview of an important emerging subject — religion in development. Combining an interdisciplinary approach with case studies from all parts of the world, this volume makes a unique contribution to our scholarly knowledge. I recommend it to academics and practitioners alike." –Gerrie ter Haar, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

"This book represents a remarkable achievement. It not only offers a wide and comprehensive introduction to religion and development in theory and practice, it also propels the study of religion into a more truly global frame of reference. It will be read with great profit by students, academics, practitioners and policymakers alike."Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University, UK 

"A valuable and comprehensive overview of what has become a mature field of study. Twenty-nine carefully researched chapters demonstrate that religion can no longer be pushed to the margins in analyses of economic development. The case studies in this volume will define the field and inspire future research." –Erica Bornstein, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA