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Religion and Development in the Global South


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Rumy Hasan
    Pages 41-78
  3. Rumy Hasan
    Pages 79-114
  4. Rumy Hasan
    Pages 115-153
  5. Rumy Hasan
    Pages 155-190
  6. Rumy Hasan
    Pages 191-212
  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

  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Rumy Hasan is Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK.

Bibliographic information


“Rumy Hasan explores a much neglected aspect of development, how the hold of certain religions on society retards economic progress. This is a bold book that deserves to be widely read. It starts a conversation in public policy we can't any longer ignore.” (Baroness Falkner of Margravine, House of Lords, UK Parliament)

 “A very well researched book with interesting insights for all of us.” (Baroness Flather of Windsor and Maidenhead, House of Lords, UK Parliament)