Belll, Rudolph M. Holy Anorexia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.

Bynum, Caroline Walker. Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women. The new historicism: Studies in cultural poetics 1. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 1987.

Bonner, Michael, Mine Ener, and Amy Singer, eds. Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts. SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003. Multi-authored book with chapters covering early Islam to the modern period.

Cohen, Mark R.Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005; ISBN 0691092729, hardbound, 286 pp.). An in-depth study based on the documents from the Cairo Geniza. An essential companion to this book is Mark R. Cohen, The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages: An Anthoogy of Documents from the Cairo Geniza(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005; ISBN 0691092710, paperback, 226 pp.)

Faroqhi, Suraiya. Men of Modest Substance: House Owners and House Property in Seventeenth–Century Ankara and Kayseri. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Frenkel, Miriam, and Yaacov Lev, eds. Giving in Monotheistic Religions. Studien zur Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients; Berlin and NY: Walter de Gruyter, in press. Collection of papers presented at a conference on povery and charity in the ancient mediterranean world at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, 2007. Includes essays by scholars in Judaism, Islam, and early Christianity.

Geremek, Bronislaw. Poverty: A History. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994.

Hanawalt, Barbara A."Reading the Lives of the Illiterate: London's Poor," Speculum 80 (2005):1067-1086. The 2005 Presidential Address of the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America.

Heitzenrater, Richard P. The Poor and the People called Methodists (Abingdon Press; ISBN 978-0-687-05155-7). Describes and examines the Wesleyan attitude toward—and programs with—the poor, from the time of John Wesley to the present.

Lindberg, Carter. "Through a Glass Darkly: A History of the Church's Vision of the Poor and Poverty." The Ecumenical Review 33 (1981): 37–52.

McCurley, Foster R., ed. Social Ministry in the Lutheran Tradition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008. Includes several essays on Lutheran social ministry in historical perspectives by Samuel Torvend ("The relief of the needy in their distress: Early and medieval Christian social initiatives"), Carter Lindberg ("No greater service to God than Christian love: Insights from Martin Luther"), and others; see a full list of contributors and chapter titles here.

Mollat, Michel. The Poor in the Middle Ages: An Essay in Social History. translated by Arthur Goldhammer. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.

Newman, Lucile F., ed. Hunger in History: Food Shortage, Poverty, and Deprivation. Oxford: Blackwell, 1990 (a collection of essays that includes chapters on poverty in: early China, Mayan history, in colonialism, in 18th century Europe, and the Swiss canton of Bern in 1850, among others).

Pattison, Bonnie L., Poverty in the Theology of John Calvin. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2006.

Pascual, Jean-Paul, ed. Pauvreté et richesse dans le monde musulman méditerranéen / Poverty and Wealth in the Muslim Mediterranean World. Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 2003. (ISBN 2-7068-1719-4). Mostly French but some papers in English.

Shulhan Arukh, section on charity: English translation by Louis Feinberg, published by the New York School of Philanthropy, Studies in Social Work 16 (Nov. 1915); pdf (4 mb) available from our website on request. First printed in 1564, the Shulhan Arukh is the simplified code of Rabbinic law prepared by Joseph ben Ephraim Karo (1488-1575) from the older code of Jacob ben Asher (1280-1340), and was widely adopted as the rule of Jewish life and is still held as authoritative among Orthodox Jews.

Torvend, Samuel. Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008.

Vives, Juan-Luis, "Concerning the Relief of the Poor, or, Concerning Human Need: A Letter Addressed to the Senate of Bruges, January 6, 1526," critical edition of the Latin text with English translation of the entire work (2 books): De Subventione Pauperum sive De Humanis Necessitatibus, Libri II: Introduction, Critical Edition, Translation and Notes, edited by C. Matheeussen and C. Fantazzi with the assistance of J. De Landtsheer. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2002; ISBN 90-04-12742-9. (priced for research libraries only).

Vives, Juan-Luis, "Concerning the Relief of the Poor, or, Concerning Human Need: A Letter Addressed to the Senate of Bruges, January 6, 1526," English translation of book 2 by Margaret M. Sherwood published by the New York School of Philanthropy, Studies in Social Work 11 (Feb. 1917); pdf (2 mb) available from our website on request.

Wandell, Lee Palmer. Always Among Us: Images of the Poor in Zwingli's Zurich. NY: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Wolf, Kenneth Baxter.The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis of Assisi Reconsidered (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology; NY: Oxford University Press, 2003; ISBN 0195158083, hardbound, 165 pp). A provocative study of St. Francis' conversion from rich to poor man and the influence that might have had -- not so positively -- on the involuntary poor in his society