Encyclopedia Of American Women And Religion

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Want to start an argument? Just raise the issue of women and their role in religion: Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jew, pagan, atheist. From abortion to ordination, no theological issue is more fraught with controversy, and for three centuries American women have been at the heart of the debate.

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"Libraries supporting women's studies or religious studies will find this of interest and value."


Library Journal

"Highly recommended for general and academic reference collections, especially those supporting religion or women's studies curricula."



"[A] good choice for public libraries, schools, and collections of religious institutions."


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Library Journal
Historian Benowitz has defined religion broadly, including not just well-established denominations but also "groups that some might consider quasi-religious, such as witches and ecofeminists." Each entry ends with See also references and a list of secondary sources. There are no internal cross references, but the index does a good job in this regard. The encyclopedia is particularly strong in its biographical coverage, often providing one to two pages of information about little-known women such as the anti-Semite and anti-Communist Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Dilling. In addition to the numerous biographies, there are topical entries about religious denominations and beliefs; short essays about issues relating to women and religion, such as abortion or ministers' wives; and extensive coverage of religious organizations, from the American Missionary Association to the Young Women's Christian Association. The encyclopedia concludes with a chronology and a 21-page bibliography. Libraries supporting women's studies or religious studies will find this of interest and value.--Cynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York
More than 300 entries cover American religious denominations (and women's roles within them); women's religious-based organizations, such as sisterhoods, deaconess orders, charitable associations, missionary groups, and reform-oriented groups; intriguing individuals, such as Anne Hutchinson, Mary Baker Eddy, Dorothy Day, Sojourner Truth, Fanny Crosby, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Starhawk; and important issues and movements, including birth control, abortion, censorship, and ecofeminism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874368871
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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