Practical Spirituality and Human Development

Transformations in Religions and Societies

  • Ananta Kumar Giri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Practical Spirituality: Understanding New Modes of Thinking and Transformative Practice

  3. Practical Spirituality and Transformation of Religions and Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Shlomit C. Schuster
      Pages 237-256
    3. Muhammad Maroof Shah
      Pages 257-276
    4. Melinda Reidinger
      Pages 293-313
    5. Christian Bartolf
      Pages 361-369
    6. Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim
      Pages 435-443
  4. Piet Strydom
    Pages 461-475
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 477-483

About this book


In a world where the rise of the religious in politics and the public sphere is often accompanied by violence and religious fundamentalism, this book considers the increasing relevance of movements of practical spirituality from multiple traditions and domains of life which strive to transform violence into positive human relations. It examines how spirituality can contribute to human development, social transformations and planetary realizations, urging us to treat each other, and our planet, with evolutionary care and respect.  Trans-disciplinary and trans-paradigmatic to its very core, this text opens new pathways of exploration and action for both scholarship and discourse and offers an invaluable companion for scholars across religious studies, cultural studies and development studies.


Practical Spirituality and Human Development Social Transformations and Alternative Visions Planetary Realisation Religion in the Public Sphere Humanity and Philanthropy Contemporary Violence and Religious Fundamentalism The Post Secular World Movements of Practical Spirituality in the Modern World

Editors and affiliations

  • Ananta Kumar Giri
    • 1
  1. 1.Madras Institute of Development StudiesChennaiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0802-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0803-1
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