Women, Gender, Religion

A Reader


Author: E. Castelli,R. Rodman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137048301

Category: Social Science

Page: 550

View: 3592

This up-to-date and forward-looking collection of essays on gender and religion fills a crucial gap. Interdisciplinary and multi-traditional, this volume highlights the contributions that different disciplinary approaches make to feminist/gender studies and religion. Designed for the classroom, the Reader simultaneously assesses the state of the field and raises questions for further inquiry and investigation.

Muslim and Christian Women in Dialogue

The Case of Northern Nigeria


Author: Kathleen McGarvey

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039114177

Category: Religion

Page: 450

View: 5438

Observations about dialogue and about the theology of religions are common enough these days, but they are rarely grounded in the analysis of a particular reality and are therefore of little help to practitioners. This book, on the other hand, gives an exhaustive documentation of the background and the actual situation of Muslim-Christian relations in Northern Nigeria before proceeding to proposals for understanding the contribution of women's discourse in the development of dialogue and to a feminist theology of religions. Drawing from her empirical findings in Northern Nigeria as well as some feminist insights, the author suggests an approach to other religions, grounded in people's lived experience and a shared commitment to justice, peace and transformed human relations. Recognizing the limitations of some pluralist theories, she suggests a feminist-ethical approach to religious pluralism. The practicality and feasibility of such an approach are shown as she elaborates on its possible application in the concrete context of Northern Nigeria.

Feminism in the Study of Religion


Author: Darlene Juschka

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826447272

Category: Social Science

Page: 700

View: 1936

Written by feminist scholars over a period of nearly thirty years, the selected readings are wide-ranging in content, offer a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural perspective, and reflect the work of scholars working within religious studies as well as other disciplines.The introductory essays link the sections and are packed with useful information on resources, issues, and the current debates. The book illustrates how debates about feminism within the study of religions have been impacted by broader theoretical discussions and provides evidence that feminist scholars working on religion have made their own contribution to feminist theory.

Devoted! Frauen in der evangelikalen Populärkultur der USA


Author: Monika Sauter

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839438942

Category: Philosophy

Page: 204

View: 7752

Die US-amerikanische evangelikale Populärkultur der Gegenwart macht Mädchen und Frauen vielfach verlockende Konsum- und Identitätsangebote. Am Beispiel von Keuschheitskultur, christlicher chick und sistah lit, Ratgebern für »gottgefällige« Selbstoptimierung und Aufrufen zum politischen Aktivismus zeigt Monika Sauter: Am Schnittpunkt von Religion, Konsum und Kapitalismus, hegemonialer Familienideologie, konservativer Politik und zivilreligiösem Patriotismus erweisen sich die Affektökonomien der Konstruktionen von Weiblichkeit als kulturell sehr wirkmächtig.

Spirit, Faith and Church

Women’s Experiences in the English-Speaking World, 17th-21st Centuries


Author: Laurence Lux-Sterritt,Claire Sorin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443834890

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 6616

Contradictions are legion when it comes to women and spirituality. In Christian cultures, the worth of the female sex is highly ambivalent, since virginity and motherhood are construed respectively as badges of purity and fruitfulness, whilst the biological processes which underlie them are considered taboo or impure. Throughout history, women are in turn represented as inferior, defective creatures or as privileged ‘empty vessels’ in their relationship with the divine. This polarized conception of woman has influenced the way in which religious institutions, learned writers, or indeed women themselves consider the female personal and collective relationship with the supernatural, with the divine, and with the institutions which represent it. Through eleven original essays, this volume questions how women from the English-speaking world have negotiated their roles in the spiritual and religious spheres. From early-modern Catholics and Puritan groups to twenty-first century nuns, Anglican ministers and Mormons, how did women define their roles in male-dominated institutions? How did they react to the public perceptions of their bodies as either incompatible with or facilitating access to the divine? The questions at the core of this book hinge upon the articulation between the female self (body and soul) and its experience of the preternatural, of faith, and of institutionalized groups. Are there specific forms of female spirituality and do they lead to a feminized/feminist conception of God?

Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800–1940


Author: Sue Morgan,Jacqueline de Vries

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136972331

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 5094

This volume is the first comprehensive overview of women, gender and religious change in modern Britain spanning from the evangelical revival of the early 1800s to interwar debates over women’s roles and ministry. This collection of pieces by key scholars combines cross-disciplinary insights from history, gender studies, theology, literature, religious studies, sexuality and postcolonial studies. The book takes a thematic approach, providing students and scholars with a clear and comparative examination of ten significant areas of cultural activity that both shaped, and were shaped by women’s religious beliefs and practices: family life, literary and theological discourses, philanthropic networks, sisterhoods and deaconess institutions, revivals and preaching ministry, missionary organisations, national and transnational political reform networks, sexual ideas and practices, feminist communities, and alternative spiritual traditions. Together, the volume challenges widely-held truisms about the increasingly private and domesticated nature of faith, the feminisation of religion and the relationship between secularisation and modern life. Including case studies, further reading lists, and a survey of the existing scholarship, and with a British rather than Anglo-centric approach, this is an ideal book for anyone interested in women's religious experiences across the nineteeth and twentieth centuries.

Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

Twenty Five Years On


Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004257578

Category: Religion

Page: 314

View: 3426

This volume reflects on current debates in the acdemic study of religion by reprinting select articles form the Brill journal Method and Theory in the Study of Religions, currently in its 25th volume, and asking a group of younger scholars to comment on them.

French Feminists on Religion

A Reader


Author: Morny Joy,Kathleen O'Grady,Judith L. Poxon

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415215374

Category: Religion

Page: 291

View: 307

This collection gathers together for the first time the writings on religion of the major voices of French feminism. Includes also introductory essays by the editors, which contextualize and demonstrate the importance of these writings.

Geographies of Muslim Women

Gender, Religion, and Space


Author: Ghazi-Walid Falah,Caroline Rose Nagel

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1572301341

Category: Science

Page: 337

View: 6623

This groundbreaking volume explores how Islamic discourse and practice intersect with gender relations and broader political and economic processes to shape women's geographies in a variety of regional contexts. Contributors represent a wide range of disciplinary subfields and perspectives--cultural geography, political geography, development studies, migration studies, and historical geography--yet they share a common focus on bringing issues of space and place to the forefront of analyses of Muslim women's experiences. Themes addressed include the intersections of gender, development and religion; mobility and migration; and discourse, representation, and the contestation of space. In the process, the book challenges many stereotypes and assumptions about the category of "Muslim woman," so often invoked in public debate in both traditional societies and the West.

Gender, Religion and Diversity

Cross-Cultural Perspectives


Author: Ursula King,Tina Beattie

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826423302

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 2123

Gender, Religion and Diversity provides an introduction to some of the most challenging perspectives in the contemporary study of gender and religion. In recent years, women's and gender studies have transformed the international study of religion through the use of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural methodologies, which have opened up new and highly controversial issues, challenging previous paradigms and creating fresh fields of study. As this book shows, gender studies in religion raises new and difficult questions about the gendered nature of religious phenomena, the relationship between power and knowledge, the authority of religious texts and institutions, and the involvement and responsibility of the researcher undertaking such studies as a gendered subject. This book is the outcome of an international collaboration between a wide range of researchers from different countries and fields of religious studies. The range and diversity of their contributions is the very strength of this book, for it shows how gendering works in studying different religious materials, whether foundational texts from the Bible or Koran, philosophical ideas about truth, essentialism, history or symbolism, the impact of French feminist thinkers such as Irigaray or Kristeva, or again critical perspectives dealing with the impact of race, gender, and class on religion, or by deconstructing religious data from a postcolonial critical standpoint or examining the impact of imperialism and orientalism on religion and gender.

Gender, Religion, and the Heathen Lands

American Missionary Women in South Asia, 1860s-1940s


Author: Maina Chawla Singh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135653453

Category: Political Science

Page: 393

View: 2290

Seeking to extend existing scholarship on gender and colonialism and on women and American religion, this cross-cultural study examines the work of American missionary women in South Asia at several levels. A primary concern of the study is to historicize the interventions of these women and situate them within the dual contexts of the sending society and the receiving culture. It focuses on missionaries Isabella Thoburn and Ida Scudder, who founded some of the premier women's colleges and hospitals in British colonial India. The book also draws upon the narratives and reminiscences of South Asian women, now in their seventies, who attended such institutions in the 1940s, and whose voices texture our understanding of American women's missionary work in "Other" cultures.

Gender, Religion, and Migration

Pathways of Integration


Author: Glenda Tibe Bonifacio,Vivienne S. M. Angeles

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780739133132

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 7994

Gender, Religion, and Migration is the first collection of case studies on how religion impacts the lives of (im)migrant men, women, and youth in their integration in host societies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. It interrogates the populist ideology that religion is anathema to social integration in the post-9/11 era.

Patterns of Piety

Women, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England


Author: Christine Peters

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521580625

Category: History

Page: 389

View: 1874

This book offers a new interpretation of the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism in the English Reformation, and explores its implications for an understanding of women and gender. It argues that late medieval Christocentric piety shaped the nature of the Reformation, and reasseses assumptions that the 'loss' of the Virgin Mary and the saints was detrimental to women. In defining the representative frail Christian as a woman devoted to Christ, the Reformation could not be an alien environment for women, while the Christocentric tradition encouraged the questioning of gender stereotypes.

Doubting the Devout

The Ultra-Orthodox in the Jewish American Imagination


Author: Nora L Rubel

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231512589

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8641

Before 1985, depictions of ultra-Orthodox Jews in popular American culture were rare, and if they did appear, in films such as Fiddler on the Roof or within the novels of Chaim Potok, they evoked a nostalgic vision of Old World tradition. Yet the ordination of women into positions of religious leadership and other controversial issues have sparked an increasingly visible and voluble culture war between America's ultra-Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews, one that has found a particularly creative voice in literature, media, and film. Unpacking the work of Allegra Goodman, Tova Mirvis, Pearl Abraham, Erich Segal, Anne Roiphe, and others, as well as television shows and films such as A Price Above Rubies, Nora L. Rubel investigates the choices non-haredi Jews have made as they represent the character and characters of ultra-Orthodox Jews. In these artistic and aesthetic acts, Rubel recasts the war over gender and family and the anxieties over acculturation, Americanization, and continuity. More than just a study of Jewishness and Jewish self-consciousness, Doubting the Devout will speak to any reader who has struggled to balance religion, family, and culture.

The Self Possessed

Deity and Spirit Possession in South Asian Literature and Civilization


Author: Frederick M. Smith

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231510659

Category: Social Science

Page: 736

View: 4333

The Self Possessed is a multifaceted, diachronic study reconsidering the very nature of religion in South Asia, the culmination of years of intensive research. Frederick M. Smith proposes that positive oracular or ecstatic possession is the most common form of spiritual expression in India, and that it has been linguistically distinguished from negative, disease-producing possession for thousands of years. In South Asia possession has always been broader and more diverse than in the West, where it has been almost entirely characterized as "demonic." At best, spirit possession has been regarded as a medically treatable psychological ailment and at worst, as a condition that requires exorcism or punishment. In South (and East) Asia, ecstatic or oracular possession has been widely practiced throughout history, occupying a position of respect in early and recent Hinduism and in certain forms of Buddhism. Smith analyzes Indic literature from all ages-the earliest Vedic texts; the Mahabharata; Buddhist, Jain, Yogic, Ayurvedic, and Tantric texts; Hindu devotional literature; Sanskrit drama and narrative literature; and more than a hundred ethnographies. He identifies several forms of possession, including festival, initiatory, oracular, and devotional, and demonstrates their multivocality within a wide range of sects and religious identities. Possession is common among both men and women and is practiced by members of all social and caste strata. Smith theorizes on notions of embodiment, disembodiment, selfhood, personal identity, and other key issues through the prism of possession, redefining the relationship between Sanskritic and vernacular culture and between elite and popular religion. Smith's study is also comparative, introducing considerable material from Tibet, classical China, modern America, and elsewhere. Brilliant and persuasive, The Self Possessed provides careful new translations of rare material and is the most comprehensive study in any language on this subject.

Eva Gore-Booth

An image of such politics


Author: Sonja Tiernan

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847795099

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 1586

This book illuminates the fascinating life of Eva Gore-Booth. Often lost in the shadow of her more famous sister, Constance, Eva finally emerges as a key figure. Historian Sonja Tiernan has written an exciting and vibrant life of this extraordinary woman, at once an intrepid feminist, pacifist and advocate for social justice.'Professor Maria Luddy, University of Warwick This is the first dedicated biography of the radical Irish writer and political activist, Eva Gore-Booth. A vast body of material from private collections and state archives has been used to uncover this remarkable life history. Born into West of Ireland Anglo-Irish landed gentry, Gore-Booth dramatically rejected her aristocratic heritage, choosing to live and work amongst the poorest classes in industrial Manchester. Her pioneering work on behalf of barmaids, circus performers, flower sellers and pit-brow lasses is traced here with clarity and enthusiasm. The story of Gore-Booth's life is captivating and provides new insights into key political issues of early twentieth century Ireland and Britain. A prolific author who enjoyed a place within W.B. Yeats' literary circle, Gore-Booth also fostered a well-deserved reputation as a determined and successful political activist, at one stage defeating no less an adversary than Winston Churchill. This ground-breaking book reveals Gore-Booth's experiences of militant pacifism during the Great War, her campaign to reprieve Roger Casement's death sentence, her instrumental role in the fight for sexual equality in the English workplace and her unwavering struggle for Irish independence. Her close bond with her sister, Countess Markievicz, an iconic and sometimes divisive Irish nationalist, offers the reader a new dimension into Markievicz's personal life. Comprehensive and engaging, this book establishes Eva Gore-Booth as a significant player in Irish and British politics and as a major figure in literary, women's and trade union history.

Christian Reconstruction

R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism


Author: Michael J. McVicar

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469622750

Category: Religion

Page: 326

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This is the first critical history of Christian Reconstruction and its founder and champion, theologian and activist Rousas John Rushdoony (1916–2001). Drawing on exclusive access to Rushdoony's personal papers and extensive correspondence, Michael J. McVicar demonstrates the considerable role Reconstructionism played in the development of the radical Christian Right and an American theocratic agenda. As a religious movement, Reconstructionism aims at nothing less than "reconstructing" individuals through a form of Christian governance that, if implemented in the lives of U.S. citizens, would fundamentally alter the shape of American society. McVicar examines Rushdoony's career and traces Reconstructionism as it grew from a grassroots, populist movement in the 1960s to its height of popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. He reveals the movement's galvanizing role in the development of political conspiracy theories and survivalism, libertarianism and antistatism, and educational reform and homeschooling. The book demonstrates how these issues have retained and in many cases gained potency for conservative Christians to the present day, despite the decline of the movement itself beginning in the 1990s. McVicar contends that Christian Reconstruction has contributed significantly to how certain forms of religiosity have become central, and now familiar, aspects of an often controversial conservative revolution in America.

Religion, Gender and Citizenship

Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism


Author: Line Nyhagen,B. Halsaa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137405341

Category: Social Science

Page: 271

View: 2157

How do religious women talk about and practise citizenship? How is religion linked to gender and nationality? What are their views on gender equality, women's movements and feminism? Via interviews with Christian and Muslim women in Norway, Spain and the UK, this book explores intersections between religion, citizenship, gender and feminism.

Gender, Religion and Change in the Middle East

Two Hundred Years of History


Author: Inger Marie Okkenhaug,Ingvild Flaskerud

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845201999

Category: Religion

Page: 230

View: 1145

Essays survey the roles of women in the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities of the Middle East.