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.

chapter 1|14 pages


ByEmma Tomalin

part |2 pages

PART 1 Critical debates for religions and global development

chapter 2|19 pages

Development, religion and modernity

ByCarole Rakodi

chapter 3|17 pages

Researching religions and development

ByTara Hefferan

chapter 4|15 pages

Theology and development: Christian and Jewish approaches

ByStephen Plant, Daniel H. Weiss

chapter 5|12 pages

A history of faith-based aid and development

ByGregory Deacon, Emma Tomalin

chapter 6|19 pages

Proselytizing development

ByPhilip Fountain

part |2 pages

PART 2 Sub-Saharan Africa

chapter 7|13 pages

Religion and development in Sub-Saharan Africa: an overview

ByBarbara Bompani

chapter 8|13 pages

Pentecostalism and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa

ByDena Freeman

chapter 9|12 pages

Masculinities, HIV and religion in Africa

ByAdriaan van Klinken, Ezra Chitando

part |2 pages

PART 4 South Asia

chapter 13|17 pages

Religion and development in India and Pakistan: an overview

ByEmma Tomalin

chapter 14|15 pages

Caste and the conundrum of religion and development in India

ByDavid Mosse

chapter 15|16 pages

Religion, gender and development in South Asia

ByTamsin Bradley, Nida Kirmani

part |2 pages

PART 5 East and South-East Asia

chapter 16|17 pages

Religion and development in China

ByAndré Laliberté

chapter 18|15 pages

Religion and gender in developing South-East Asia

ByMonica Lindberg Falk

part |2 pages

PART 6 The Middle East and North Africa

part |2 pages

PART 7 Development policy and practice

chapter 22|15 pages

Faith-based organizations and development

ByLaurie A. Occhipinti

chapter 25|16 pages

Complex global institutions: religious engagement in development

ByKatherine Marshall

chapter 26|16 pages

Sustainable development, climate change and religion

BySigurd Bergmann

chapter 27|13 pages

Religion and economic development

ByDaromir Rudnyckyj

chapter 28|16 pages

Religion, development, and fragile states

BySeth D. Kaplan