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Building social capital for development: the role of religious values and virtues

Abdulai, Abdul-Mumin (2012) Building social capital for development: the role of religious values and virtues. The Fountain Magazine (88). ISSN 0967-9928

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This paper investigates the benefits that religious values and virtues can bring to bear on building social capital for societal development. From the outset, it has to be acknowledged that the majority of world's religious beliefs and practices are resting largely on an appreciable amount of values and virtues. Religious teachings such as respect for human life, the elderly, women, care for children, the destitute, etc. are fundamental virtues and values underpinning the articles of faith of almost all the world's religions including the so-called primitive religions. With that in mind, the paper sets out to examine the benefits of religion-as an embodiment of values and virtues-to society in terms of how people are galvanised into a cohesive and integrated group conducive for building social capital through social contacts and networking.

Item Type: Article (Magazine)
Additional Information: 6573/26835
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H10 Societies
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM831 Social change
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Abdul-Mumin Abdulai
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 07:36
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 12:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/26835

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