Table of Contents

Preface, Helen Rose Ebaugh; Introduction to religious and global transnational service movements, Stephen M. Cherry; The Redeemed Christian Church of God: African Pentecostalism, Afe Adogame; The Gulen Movement: Sunni Islam, Helen Rose Ebaugh; Soka Gakkai International: Nichiren Japanese Buddhism, Daniel A. Metraux; BAPS Swaminarayan Community: Hinduism, Arun Brahmbhatt; Gawad Kalinga Movement: charismatic Catholicism, Stephen M. Cherry; Aga Khan development network: Shia Ismaili Islam, Karim H. Karim; Baha'i international community: Baha'i faith, Mike McMullen; Comparatively studying global transnational religious service movements, Stephen M. Cherry; Index. From global missionizing among proselytic faiths to mass migration through religious diasporas, religion has traveled from one side of world and back again. It continues to play prominent roles in shaping world politics and has been a vital force in the continued emergence, spread, and creation of a transnational civil society. Exploring how religious roots are shaping organizations that seek to aid people across political and geographic boundaries - 'service movements' - this book focuses on how religious movements establish structures to assist people with basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education and health. Examining a multitude of faith traditions with origins in different parts of the world, the authors offer a unique discussion of the intersection between religious transnationalism and social movements.