Religion and Religious Organizations

The relationship between religion and disasters remains a subject of contention, and provokes academic and emotional debates among social scientists, emergency, and humanitarian practitioners, and people affected by disasters. Some have questioned the rationale for considering religious dimensions within disasters. The reluctance to discuss religion in relation to disasters may lies in the elusiveness of the meaning of the word itself, the history of religious groups, and suspicion regarding the intentions of faith groups in terms of their engagement with disaster operations.

In a globalizing world, emergency and humanitarian workers increasingly cooperate and move across borders to provide essential emergency services worldwide. Indeed, there is the potential to view humanitarian responses to disasters through the prism of one's own culture and local context, which could potentially ...

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