Religion and Development in the Global South

  • Rumy Hasan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-225

About this book


This book examines how the beliefs and practices of each of the major world religions, as well as other belief systems, affect the variables that influence growth and development in the Global South. Evidence suggests that as countries develop, the influence of religion on all aspects of society declines. In stark contrast to the developed world, in the Global South, the role of religion is highly pervasive – the distinctive conclusion of this book is therefore that a lessening of religiosity is a sine qua non for growth and development, including secular laws and constitutions. Offering a ground-breaking study in an area little explored in the English language, this book will satisfy an important gap in the literature on the political economy of development, sociology of religion, law, and anthropology.


Islam Timur Kuran Hinduism Christianity Confucianism political freedom industrial capitalism gender inequality Asian values religious conflict corruption secularism caste system

Authors and affiliations

  • Rumy Hasan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57062-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57063-1
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