Handbook of Research on Development and Religion (Google eBook)

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Matthew Clarke
Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 2013 - Religion - 602 pages
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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 literature and research. 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.
  

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Contents

1 Understanding the nexus between religion and development
1
PART I RELIGIOUS FAITH AND DEVELOPMENT
15
2 Islam as aid and development
17
3 Buddhism and development
31
4 Christianity and international development
51
5 Judaism a cry for justice
66
6 Hinduism and development
79
a perfect match?
97
19 Religion and postdisaster development
305
20 Religious symbolism and the politics of urban space development
326
21 Cultural heritage and development in South EastAsia
338
PART III FAITHBASED ORGANIZATIONS AND MISSION
357
faithbased organizations and development
359
23 PanIslamism as a form of alterglobalism? Hizb UtTahrir and the Islamic Khilafah State
376
prospects and pitfalls of faithbased organizations
402
25 Mission missionaries and development
413

8 Daoism and development
113
9 Confucianism
124
African traditional religion
138
Prosperity Gospel and the global Pentecostal reformation
164
PART II DEVELOPMENT ISSUESTHEMES AND RELIGION
181
12 Gender religion and development
183
13 Moral power at the religiondevelopmentenvironment nexus
201
14 Corruption religion and moral development
220
historical evolution and attempts at reform
238
16 Religion conflict and peacebuilding in development
252
17 Religion in the policy domains of international financial institutions
268
18 A sustainable Islamic microfinance model in poverty alleviation
286
26 Why Westernbased Pentecostal mission organizations undertake community development in South East Asia
430
PART IV CASE STUDIES
451
27 Religion development and politics in Nigeria
453
28 Religion and development in Brazil 19502010
472
29 FBOs in Tanzania
491
a donors engagement with religion
505
a field observation on labour migration social change and religion in the Vakhsh Valley Tajikistan
521
religion violence and human security in Afghanistan
540
33 Australian development FBOs and NGOs
570
Index
585
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