Religion and Poverty

Global Humanities. Studies in Histories, Cultures, and Societies 02/2015

Nowadays religions are especially important for those who are living in countries of the formerly so-called ‘Third World.’ Consequently, there seems to be a close connection between religion and poverty, especially in the 21st century, when the hope for a better afterlife has become a driving force for the poor population of the world. However, what could be interpreted as a proof of the Marxist doctrine of religion as opium of the people, for sure deserves a more multi-perspectival approach, which would not just cover the recent years of human history, but past centuries as well as the different religions around the globe.

Therefore the second issue of Global Humanities will trace the interrelationship between religion and poverty not only from a historical, but also from a religious perspective. The depiction of this interrelationship in literature and art will be addressed as well. Next to other topics, the issue will deal with Daoist popular practices of money burning, social interpretations of the Jewish bible, and the interrelationship between religious adherence and economic status in Muslim countries.


With contributions by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Waleed Chellan, Logan Cochrane, Divya Kannan, Alvin Lim, Atara Moscovich, Sabine Müller, and Jeremiah Unterman.


Table of Contents & Editorial


Other issues of Global Humanities:

Vol. 1 (January 2015): On the Correlation of Center and Periphery

Vol. 2 (July 2015): Religion and Poverty

Vol. 3 (February 2016): Migration and State Power

Vol. 4 (January 2017): Stereotypes and Violence