Engaging Disability and Religion in the Global South

  • L. Juliana ClaassensEmail author
  • Sa’diyya Shaikh
  • Leslie Swartz


Religion is enormously important for many disabled people, their families, and communities, especially in the Global South, but it is not given a great deal of attention. This chapter is a collaboration between religious studies scholars from different faith traditions (Christian and Muslim) and an atheist disability studies scholar. We explore the central role of religion in many disabled people’s lives, and we suggest that a new theology taking clearer account of disability may be productive in understanding the central role of faith in people’s lives. We acknowledge the historical and contemporary nexus between religion and oppression but suggest that there are far more productive ways of engaging with religion than seeing it unidimensionally and solely as an instrument of oppression.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Juliana Claassens
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sa’diyya Shaikh
    • 2
  • Leslie Swartz
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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