Spirituality and the New Form of Poverty Management

By Muhammad Syukri Salleh.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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This paper has two main objectives. Firstly, it intends to investigate the impact of the inclusion of the spiritual domain into the management of poverty; secondly, it attempts to construct, from the findings of the investigation, a new form of poverty management. Both objectives rely on the premise that the current mainstream management of poverty has so far missed the spiritual dimension of the poor. In consequence, measurements of poverty and solutions to it are predominantly based on an incorrect concept of poverty, hence the failure in identifying the real root cause, and subsequently in prescribing precise solutions to it. It will be shown that in the new form of the management of poverty, poverty is indeed an outcome of a selective process based on the state of their spiritual beings.

Keywords: Spirituality, Management, Poverty

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.89-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 268.935KB).

Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh

Director, Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia

Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh is Professor of Development Planning and Management and Director, Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. He obtained his D.Phil from Oxford University, Graduate Diploma in Economics and MA from University of East Anglia, UK, and B.Soc.Sc (Hons) from Universiti Sains Malaysia. His research interests are in Islamic-based development, Islamic development management, Islamic political economy, and Islamic revivalism. He is indebted to Universiti Sains Malaysia for granting the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Research University Individual (RUI) Grant, and Research University Team (RUT) Grant that enable the study and writing of this paper, as well as his participation in the Second International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, organized by The Religion and Spirituality in Society Community, at Robson Square, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada from 20–22 February 2012. He is also grateful to Radieah Mohd Nor for providing the references on the contemporary approaches to poverty management as deliberated in the second part of this paper.