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Gender, Faith, and Development

Edited By Emma Tomalin
ISBN: 9781853397264
This book presents articles from the journal Gender and Development and explores the relationships between religion, gender, and development, and points towards future research for positive outcomes for women and gender equality.

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  • Synopsis
    Faith-based organizations have long been involved in charitable and development activities. However, the emerging openness to thinking about and engaging with religion in development raises some important questions. Does religious engagement in development policy and practice risk harming already fragile gender relations? What are the challenges and opportunities in negotiating the relationships between religion, gender, and development? Gender, Faith, and Development explores in different ways the relationships between religion, gender, and development. Subjects covered include attitudes towards sexual behaviour in areas with a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS; household disputes over the control of income; constraints on women’s time; the difficulties of introducing Western models of gender equity to those in Muslim societies who see feminism as a threat; and changes in abortion legislation. This book is essential reading for academics and researchers in development, gender, political science, sociology, or religious studies, and of interest to development policy makers and practitioners, voluntary sector workers, and social movement activists.
  • Table of Contents
    1 Introduction 1
    Emma Tomalin
    2 The challenges of incorporating Muslim women’s views into
    development policy: analysis of a Dutch action research project
    in Yemen 13
    Brenda Bartelink and Marjo Buitelaar
    3 Tackling HIV and AIDS with faith-based communities: learning
    from attitudes on gender relations and sexual rights within local
    evangelical churches in Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, and South
    Africa 25
    Mandy Marshall and Nigel Taylor
    4 The Thai bhikkhuni movement and women’s empowerment 37
    Emma Tomalin
    5 Reflecting on gender equality in Muslim contexts in Oxfam GB 51
    Adrienne Hopkins and Kirit Patel
    6 Christianity, development, and women’s liberation 65
    Bridget Walker
    7 Conflict and compliance: Christianity and the occult in
    horticultural exporting 75
    Catherine S. Dolan
    8 No time to worship the serpent deities: women, economic
    change, and religion in north-western Nepal 85
    Rebecca Saul
    9 A double-edged sword: challenging women’s oppression
    within Muslim society in Northern Nigeria 97
    Fatima L. Adamu
    10 Islam and development: opportunities and constraints for
    Somali women 105
    Sadia Ahmed
    11 Abortion law reform in Latin America: lessons for advocacy 111
    Gillian Kane
    12 Conclusion: moving forward 127
    Emma Tomalin
    Annotated bibliography 137
    Index 145
  • Endorsements
    ‘The timely, thought-provoking essays of this book provide valuable evidence of the impact of different gender and faith perspectives on practical development issues while also highlighting the complexities and ambiguities of religious influences. Development workers, researchers and social activists will gain from these studies a greater awareness and more critical understanding of how different religious beliefs and practices, whether of Christianity, Buddhism or Islam in the Middle East, Asia, Africa or Latin America, can either be a potential barrier or alternatively a strong incentive for social change.’ Ursula King, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol

    ‘The collection’s particular contribution is that it cautions that the links between religion, gender and development are always complex and sometimes contradictory, with ambiguous implications for realising gender equality. The nuanced analyses in the individual papers and the editor’s contributions advance our understanding of the links between religion, gender and development in particular contexts and cultures.’ Carole Rakodi was Director of the Religions and Development Research Programme from 2005 to 2010 and is currently Emeritus Professor in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham.
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    Editor Emma Tomalin
    Number of Pages 160
    Format Paperback / softback
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