Does Religiosity Delay Development? Rumy Hasan’s New Book Explores Link

Religion and Development in the Global South: Compelling New Book Draws Links Between Religious Oppression & Economic Stagnation

Written from the research and experience of Sussex University academic Rumy Hasan, ‘Religion and Development in the Global South’ is a vital and hugely-influential volume that draws much-ignored links between religion, growth and development. With a specific focus on the global south, Hasan’s ground-breaking study fills a profound gap in literature, politics, economics and wider humanitarian issues.

In the global south, religion has an influence and hold unmatched in many other areas of the world. Nobody understands this better than University of Sussex academic Rumy Hasan, whose latest book provides a game-changing study and conclusion into how this culture affects the region’s economic growth. Everything unravels in ‘Religion and Development in the Global South’; a study unlike anything ever conducted before.

“This is a subject rarely touched on, yet one that has actionable and tangible consequences for those in the global south,” explains the author. “It just needed someone to do the heavy research, draw conclusions and present them to the world in a way people and influencers from all walks of life could relate to. I admit, it was quite the task.”

Continuing, “Of course, it also opens the floodgates to a myriad of follow-up studies that all point to my end goal of improving life and our understanding of humanity.”

Early reviews for the volume have been impressive. For example, Baroness Falkner of Margravine comments, “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.”

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.

‘Religion and Development in the Global South’ is available now.

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