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.
Deprivation and Religiosity.
Between Cargo Cults and Existential Anxiety
Making Money with Sacredness. The Case of Lucian’s Alexander of Abonuteichos – The False Prophet between Fact and Fiction
Educating Poor Girls.
The London Missionary Society in 19th Century South India
Money to Burn. Performance of Excess and Deficit min Chinese Popular Religious Practices in Contemporary Singapore
Providing for the Poor, the Widow, and the Orphan.
A Social and Religious Ethical Revolution in the Jewish Bible
Logan Cochrane /Waleed Chellan
“We Were Extremely Poor but We Were Pious”.
Exploring the Relationships between Religious Adherence and Economic Status in the Muslim World
Giobbe il Povero. A Social Reading of Giovanni Bellini’s Sacred Allegory
Table of Figures