This detailed book is a resource for students, practitioners, and leaders interested in how the major world religions have understood poverty and responded to the poor.• Addresses a topic of great importance: the intersection of religion, a universal cultural phenomenon; and the poor, a population whose demographics are on the rise globally• Fills the need for an accurate, authoritative resource on the way poverty and the poor are understood in the world's religions• Coedited by a published specialist in world religions and a recognized specialist, academic, and practitioner in international responses to poverty and emergency response in a variety of cultures