Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America harvests the fruits of 25 years of scholarship on the history and current state of women’s religious experience in North America. The result of a five-year project led by Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether and funded by the Lilly Endowment and the Henry Luce Foundation, the encyclopedia marshals the talents of more than 150 scholars to produce the most comprehensive and up-to-date description and analysis of women and religion in North America. The encyclopedia is interreligious, interracial, and multicultural and is aimed at a broad general audience.

Instead of hundreds of short entries, this encyclopedia features more than 145 longer essays that enable major themes to be developed more fully. The articles focus on institutions, movements, and ideas. The authors weave biographical sketches into their articles to give them a more personal and humanizing quality, and to recognize the women responsible for the gains made over the centuries. The essays demonstrate that neither the story of women nor the story of religion in North America can be accurately told unless the religious experience of women is integrated into the center of women’s and religious history.

These well-illustrated volumes will be an essential reference for all of those interested in the role of women in North America’s vibrant and complex religious life.

Indiana University Press

Selected as one of the 2007 "Outstanding Academic Titles" by Choice Magazine

Winner, 2006 Waldo G. Leland Prize

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Editorial Reviews

Feminist Collections

"... an excellent reference...." —Feminist Collections

Choice

"... while this resource does a commendable job of covering women's history in relation to specific religious traditions and movements, it goes a step beyond by also attending to issues of how women's religious commitments and affiliations have affected the larger society and culture of North America.... Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." —Choice

American Reference Books Annual 2007

"... a work that... truly encompass[es] the history of women and religion.... important piece of scholarship." —American Reference Books Annual 2007

American Catholic Studies

"... this three-volume work has much to offer students, scholars, and the general public who wish to explore the diversity and variety of women's experiences within their religious traditions." —American Catholic Studies, Spring 2009

American Reference Books Annual
"... a work that... truly encompass[es] the history of women and religion.... important piece of scholarship." —American Reference Books Annual
From the Publisher
"... this three-volume work has much to offer students, scholars, and the general public who wish to explore the diversity and variety of women's experiences within their religious traditions." —American Catholic Studies, Spring 2009

"... a work that... truly encompass[es] the history of women and religion.... important piece of scholarship." —American Reference Books Annual 2007

"... while this resource does a commendable job of covering women's history in relation to specific religious traditions and movements, it goes a step beyond by also attending to issues of how women's religious commitments and affiliations have affected the larger society and culture of North America.... Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." —Choice

Choice

"... while this resource does a commendable job of covering women's history in relation to specific religious traditions and movements, it goes a step beyond by also attending to issues of how women's religious commitments and affiliations have affected the larger society and culture of North America.... Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." —Choice

Choice
Does a commendable job of covering women's history in relation to specific religious traditions and movements . . . goes a step beyond by also attending to issues of how women's religious commitments and affiliations have affected the larger society and culture of North America... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.
—A. Limpitlaw
American Reference Books Annual 2007
A work that . . . truly encompass[es] the history of women and religion. . . . [an] important piece of scholarship.
Feminist Collections
an excellent reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253346858
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 1464
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 4.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Skinner Keller is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is the Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Graduate Theological Union of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introductory Essay: Integrating the Worlds of Women's Religious Experience in North America, Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether

Part I. Approaches to the History of Women and Religion

Part II. Women in Indigenous and African Traditions

Part III. Catholicism

Part IV. Protestantism
Colonial Period
Denominational Traditions
Evangelical Protestantism
Hispanic Protestantism
Asian Protestantism

Part V. Women in Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Traditions

Part VI. Judaism

Part VII. Islam

Part VIII. Asian Religions
Buddhism
Hinduism
Chinese Religions
Japanese Religions

Part IX. Newer Religious Movements

Part X. Multidenominational Movements
Deaconess Movement
Missionary Movement
Women's Societies
Religious Education
The Ordination Movement
Music and the Arts

Part XI. Women, Religion, and Social Reform

Part XII. Women-Centered Theology

Part XIII. Contemporary Women's Issues in Religion

Indiana University Press

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