Religions and Development


The text will present, explain and critically evaluate different sorts of literature from a range of disciplines that are relevant to thinking about the relationships between religions and development. It provides insight into a comprehensive range of approaches to guide readers through current debates about the role that religions play in development – from positive contributions to more complicated and contested notions of impact, for instance, in terms of religiously inspired violence or gender inequality.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Tomalin adds a great deal to our understanding of how religion and development intersect. This intersection of religion and development has long been ignored, misunderstood or misrepresented in the literature. This important book goes a long way to correcting this imbalance." Professor Matthew Clarke, Deakin University, Australia.

"An understanding of the links between religion and development, literacy in relevant concepts, approaches and faith traditions is much needed, as well as an understanding of the evidence on how the relationships play out in varying contexts. This book provides a provocative and readable introduction, examining religious perspectives on some key development issues (wealth and poverty, human rights, gender inequality, environmentalism) as well as a measured consideration of the development roles of so-called 'faith-based organisations." Carole Rakodi, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham, UK.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136827488
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/19/2013
  • Series: Routledge Perspectives on Development
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Dr Emma Tomalin is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Sciences at University of Leeds. Her research interests are focused around religion and global development. and religion, gender and society.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Religions and Development: A New Agenda 2. Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Development: From ‘Estrangement’ to ‘Engagement’ with Religions 3. Concepts and Theories for Studying Religions Globally 4. Religious Approaches to Development 5. Human Rights, Religions and Development 6. Gender, Religions and Development 7. Environmentalism, Religions and Development 8. Researching and Understanding the Role of ‘Faith-based Organizations’ (FBOs) in Development 9. Conclusion: Religions and International Development in the 21st Century

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