Women and Religious Traditions

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-03-26
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Women and Religious Traditions uses a critical feminist lens to explore the roles and interactions of women with major world faith traditions. Within each particular tradition, the text examines the history and status of women, family structures, sexuality, and social change, as well as texts, rituals, and interpretations by and for women.

Thirteen experts contribute nine chapters and five case studies, including a new case study on women in Chinese traditions. This third edition builds on the strengths of the first two, with the addition of lived religion content in each chapter, an expanded introduction to the study of women and religion, new research on Buddhist nuns, and up-to-date material on women's current political position in Islamic countries.

Author Biography

Leona M. Anderson is Professor Emeritus, Department of Religious Studies at University of Regina.

Pamela Dickey Young is Professor of Religious Studies at Queen's University.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Leona M. Anderson and Pamela Dickey Young
1. Women in Hindu Traditions, Leona M. Anderson
2. Women in Judaism, Jacoba Kuikman
3. Women in the Buddhist Traditions, Eva K. Neumaier
4. Women in the Chinese Traditions, Lee D. Rainey
5. Women in Indigenous Traditions, Dawn Martin-Hill
6. Women in Christianity, Pamela Dickey Young
7. Women in Islam, L. Clarke
8. Women in Sikhism, Doris R. Jokobsh
9. Women in New Age Traditions, Leona M. Anderson and Pamela Dickey Young
Case Studies
Both Guru and Goddess: Mata Amritanandamayi of Kerala, Michelle L. Folk
Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha Unite, Carmen Webb
L'autre Parole: A Christian and Feminist Collective in Quebec, Monique Dumais
Two Muslim Women in North America, L. Clarke
Interpreting Religion in the Female Idiom: Women's Writing, Women's Religiosity, and Popular Religion in China NEW, Stephanie Balkwill

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