Female Stereotypes in Religious Traditions

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This volume contains a collection of studies describing and analyzing stereotypes of women in the religions of Ancient Israel and Mesopotamia, and in Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Medieval Christianity, Islam, Indian Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tibetan religions, and modern Neopaganism.
In all these traditions the stereotypes are based on generalizations, which are socially, culturally or religiously legitimized, and which seem to have a lasting influence on society's conceptions of ...

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Overview

This volume contains a collection of studies describing and analyzing stereotypes of women in the religions of Ancient Israel and Mesopotamia, and in Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Medieval Christianity, Islam, Indian Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tibetan religions, and modern Neopaganism.
In all these traditions the stereotypes are based on generalizations, which are socially, culturally or religiously legitimized, and which seem to have a lasting influence on society's conceptions of women. They represent oversimplified opinions, which are, however, regularly challenged by the women who are affected by them.
In all traditions the stereotypes are ambiguous, either because women have challenged their validity, or because historical developments in society have reshaped them. They influence public opinion by emphasizing dominant views, as a strategy to restrain women and to keep them controlled by the rules and morals of a male-dominated society.

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A collection of 10 studies analyzing stereotypes of women in the religions of ancient Israel and Mesopotamia, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, medieval Christianity, Islam, Indian Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tibetan religions, and modern neopaganism. In all these traditions the stereotypes are based on generalizations that are socially, culturally, or religiously legitimized and seem to have a lasting influence on public opinion about women's role in a male-dominated world. The oversimplifications, however, have been regularly challenged by the women affected by them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004102903
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Numen Book Series , #66
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Ria Kloppenborg (1945) is Senior Professor of History of Religions and Comparative Religion at the Faculty of Theology, Department of the History of Religions, at the University of Utrecht.
Wouter J. Hanegraaf (1961) is Research Associate at the Faculty of Theology, Department of the History of Religions, at the University of Utrecht.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Torn Between Vice and Virtue: Stereotypes of the Widow in Israel and Mesopotamia 1
Jeh the Primal Whore? Observations on Zoroastrian Misogyny 15
Images of Women in Ancient Judaism 43
"Women on the Loose": Stereotypes of Women in the Story of the Medieval Beguines 61
The "Mothers of the Believers" Stereotypes of the Prophet Muhammad's Wives 89
Female Sufi Saints on the Indian Subcontinent 109
The Unconventional Women Saint: Images of Akka Mahadevi 123
Female Stereotypes in Early Buddhism: The Women of the Therigatha 151
Female Stereotypes in Tibetan Religion and Art: The Genitrix/Progenitress as the Exponent of the Underworld 171
From the Devil's Gateway to the Goddess Within: The Image of the Witch in Neopaganism 213
Index 243
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