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Religion at the Margins: Resistance to Secular Humanitarianism at the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Religions 2020, 11(8), 423; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080423
Received: 16 July 2020 / Revised: 10 August 2020 / Accepted: 12 August 2020 / Published: 16 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Human Rights: Complementary or Contrary?)
This paper joins the growing body of work on Human Rights and Religion and examines the impacts of religious practices in protecting the socioeconomic and cultural rights of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh. Based on an empirical study at eight different camps in Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, this article documents how the refugees, through different Islamic religious activities and practices, protect their cultural identities, negotiate with the local governing agents, and maintain solidarity with the host communities in their camp lives. This article also describes how, in these camps, many secular humanitarian projects often get challenged, resisted, or rejected by the refugees since those fail to address their networked relations with religion. Drawing from a rich body of literature in forced migrations, socioeconomic human rights, and religious studies in the Global South, this article investigates how religion and religious activities cushion the refugees from different forms of marginalization that are often engendered by secular development agencies. This article further offers several insights for practitioners and policymakers to ensure socioeconomic and cultural integration in human rights activities in refugee camps in the Global South. View Full-Text
Keywords: Rohingya; refugee; religion; humanitarian aid; sustainable design; Bangladesh Rohingya; refugee; religion; humanitarian aid; sustainable design; Bangladesh
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Mim, N.J. Religion at the Margins: Resistance to Secular Humanitarianism at the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh. Religions 2020, 11, 423. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080423

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Mim NJ. Religion at the Margins: Resistance to Secular Humanitarianism at the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh. Religions. 2020; 11(8):423. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080423

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Mim, Nusrat J. 2020. "Religion at the Margins: Resistance to Secular Humanitarianism at the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh" Religions 11, no. 8: 423. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11080423

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