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Spiritual capital (Adhyatmik Shompatti) – a key driver of community well-being and sustainable tourism in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Saxena, Gunjan; Mowla, Mohammad Masrurul; Chowdhury, Sultanul


Mohammad Masrurul Mowla

Sultanul Chowdhury


In this paper, we examine two dimensions of social interface as key contributors to spiritual capital in the coastal community of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. These include an extended set of interactional networks or meaning-making processes that serve as the base for communal spirituality and a committed sense of personal spiritual calling. Our findings reveal how spiritual capital, which is made up of both organised religious practices and individual spiritual beliefs, brings about a commitment to social responsibility and to the environment and contributes both to community well-being and to the development of sustainable tourism. The value of our work lies not only in its provision of theoretical insights, but also in its potential to inform policy-making activities aimed at the promotion of the sustainable growth of tourism in Cox’s Bazar, where concerns and expectations related to the sector remain overlooked.


Saxena, G., Mowla, M. M., & Chowdhury, S. (2020). Spiritual capital (Adhyatmik Shompatti) – a key driver of community well-being and sustainable tourism in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 1-27.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 15, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2020
Publication Date Mar 31, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 30, 2021
Journal Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Print ISSN 0966-9582
Electronic ISSN 1747-7646
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-27
Keywords Spiritual capital; Cox’s Bazar; Community well-being; Sustainable tourism
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Received: 2019-09-19; Revised: 2020-02-13; Accepted: 2020-03-15; Published: 2020-03-31


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