Original Research - Special Collection: Engaging Development

Religion and development: The rise of a bibliography

Ignatius Swart, Elsabé Nell
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3862 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3862 | © 2016 Ignatius Swart, Elsabé Nell | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 August 2016 | Published: 25 November 2016

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Ignatius Swart, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa VID Specialised University, Oslo, Norway, South Africa
Elsabé Nell, Unisa Library, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This article endeavours to evidence the extraordinary rise of religion and development as a subject field by presenting a chronological bibliography of the literature that has been published, especially since the early to mid-2000s. By way of introduction and orientation, the authors firstly touch upon existing explanations for the extraordinary new interest in religion and development as a subject field; secondly they comment briefly on the ongoing scholarly endeavour to develop the subject field; and thirdly provide a more pertinent statement about the meaning and purpose of compiling the bibliography and the selection criterion applied towards this endeavour. It is argued that the bibliography constitutes a comprehensive resource that could strengthen and inform ongoing research in the subject field across topical issues and themes, from a religious, social science and theological perspective.


Religion; development; bibliography


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