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Women and Religious Traditions analyzes the roles of women in the world's religions from historical, textual, political, psychological, and contemporary perspectives. It begins with an introduction to feminist theory and issues in the study of religion, followed by individual chapters devotedto each of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Chinese Religions, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Native Traditions, and New Age Religions. Organized by themes such as history, texts, symbols, sexuality, and social change, the new second edition examines how religious mythology and patriarchy have shaped thesocial and private lives of women throughout history.

Author Biography

Leona M. Anderson is both a professor and department head at the University of Regina, Department of Religious Studies. Her research interests primarily focus on Eastern religion. In addition to co-editing Women and Religious Traditions, she has published extensively on Indian topics including Sanskrit literature, popular religion, ritual, and Hindu art.

Pamela Dickey Young is a professor at Queen's University and the former department head of Religious Studies. In previous years she has acted as editor-in-chief of Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses and has published a book on feminist theology in addition to co-editing Women and Religious Traditions.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. x
Introductionp. xi
Women in Hindu Traditionsp. 1
Women in Judaismp. 43
Women in the Buddhist Traditionsp. 75
Women in the Chinese Traditionsp. 107
Women in Indigenous Traditionsp. 137
Women in Christianityp. 163
Women in Islamp. 193
Women in Sikhismp. 225
Women in New Age Traditionsp. 259
Both Guru and Goddess: Mata Amritanandamayi of Keralap. 287
Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha Unitep. 298
L'autre Parole: A Christian and Feminist Collective in Quebecp. 310
Two Muslim Women in North Americap. 322
Glossaryp. 329
Indexp. 336
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