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Handbook Of Research On Development And Religion

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Handbook Of Research On Development And Religion

Matthew Clarke

Edited by Matthew Clarke, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

2013 612 pp Hardback 978 0 85793 356 0
2014 Paperback 978 1 78254 023 6
ebook isbn 978 0 85793 357 7

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With eighty per cent of the world’s population professing religious faith, religious belief is a common human characteristic. The sacred texts of each of the world’s major religions exhort believers to live a righteous life, including responding to poverty and assisting those with less. This fascinating and unique Handbook highlights the value of incorporating religion into development studies literature and research. It argues that as religious identity is integral to a community’s culture, exclusion of religious consideration will limit successful development interventions and therefore it is necessary to conflate examination of religion and development to enhance efforts aimed at improving the lives of the poor.

Contributors: N.A. Alolo, J. Anderson, M. Bano, L. Bi, S. Bradbury, G. Buchanan, M. Clarke, J.A. Connell, B. De Cordier, S. Deneulin, I. Fanany, R. Fanany, X. Fang, S.T. Flanigan, F. Helmiere, G. Hoffstaedter, R. Ireland, M. Jennings, H. Marquette, J. Miller, C. Moe-Lobeda, Y. Narayanan, I. Nolte, L. Rae, J. Rees, P. Riddell, A.W. Sanford, M. Sharpe, C. Starkey, J. Sweet, D.S. Tatla, D. Tittensor, E. Tomalin, A. Ware, V.-A. Ware, J. Wills, A. Yumina

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With eighty percent of the world’s population professing religious faith, religious belief is a common human characteristic. This fascinating and highly unique Handbook brings together state-of-the-art research on incorporating religion into development studies.

The expert contributors illustrate that as religious identity is integral to a community’s culture, exclusion of religious consideration will limit successful development interventions; it is therefore necessary to conflate religion and development to enhance efforts to improve the lives of the poor. Issues addressed include: key tenets, beliefs and histories of religions; religious response to development concerns (gender, environment, education, microfinance, humanitarian assistance); and the role of faith based organisations and missionaries in the wider development context. Practical case studies of countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific (including Australia) underpin the research, providing evidence that the intersection between religion and development is neither new nor static. By way of conclusion, suggestions are prescribed for extensive further research in order to advance understanding of this nascent field.

This path-breaking Handbook will prove a thought-provoking and stimulating reference tool for academics, researchers and students in international development, international relations, comparative religion and theology.

Full table of contents


1. Understanding the Nexus between Religion and Development
Matthew Clarke

2. Islam as Aid and Development
Peter Riddell

3. Buddhism and Development
Emma Tomalin and Caroline Starkey

4. Christianity and International Development
Séverine Deneulin

5. Judaism – A Cry for Justice
Matthew Clarke

6. Hinduism and Development
A. Whitney Sanford

7. Sikhism and Development: A Perfect Match?
Darshan S. Tatla

8. Daoism and Development
James Miller

9. Confucianism
Xiangshu Fang and Lijun Bi

10. Indigenous Religions and Development: African Traditional Religion
Namawu Alhassan Alolo and James Astley Connell

11. Name It and Claim It: Prosperity Gospel and the Global Pentecostal Reformation
Matthew Sharpe

13. Gender, Religion and Development
Emma Tomalin

14. Moral Power at the Religion–Development–Environment Nexus
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda with Frederica Helmiere

15. Corruption, Religion and Moral Development
Heather Marquette

16. Islamic Education: Historical Evolution and Attempts at Reform
Masooda Bano

17. Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Development
Shawn Teresa Flanigan

18. Religion in the Policy Domains of International Financial Institutions
John Rees

19. A Sustainable Islamic Microfinance Model in Poverty Alleviation
Aimatul Yumina

20. Religion and Post-Disaster Development
Ismet Fanany and Rebecca Fanany

21. Religious Symbolism and the Politics of Urban Space Development
Yamini Narayanan

22. Cultural Heritage and Development in South East Asia
Jonathan Sweet and Jo Wills

23. ‘Do Not Turn Away a Poor Man’: Faith-based Organizations and Development
Michael Jennings

24. ‘Pan-Islamism’ as a Form of ‘Alter-globalism’? Hizb Ut-Tahrir and the Islamic Khilafah State
Bruno De Cordier

25. Religion and Development: Prospects and Pitfalls of Faith-based Organizations
Gerhard Hoffstaedter and David Tittensor

26. Mission, Missionaries and Development
Steve Bradbury

27. Why Western-based, Pentecostal Mission Organizations Undertake Community Development in South East Asia
Vicki-Ann Ware, Anthony Ware, Matthew Clarke and Grant Buchanan

28. Religion, Development and Politics in Nigeria
Insa Nolte

29. Religion and Development in Brazil, 1950–2010
Rowan Ireland

30. FBOs in Tanzania
Michael Jennings

31. Partnership through Translation: A Donor’s Engagement with Religion
Jane Anderson

32. The (In)visible Hand of Muhajirat. A Field Observation on Labour Migration, Social Change and Religion in the Vakhsh Valley, Tajikistan
Bruno De Cordier

33. Where Shadows Fall Patchwork: Religion, Violence and Human Security in Afghanistan
James Astley Connell

34. Australian Development FBOs and NGOs
Lindsay Rae and Matthew Clarke


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