Gender, Religion and Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives / Edition 1

Gender, Religion and Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives / Edition 1

by Ursula King
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826488455

ISBN-13: 9780826488459

Pub. Date: 12/01/2005

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Gender, Religion and Diversity provides an introduction to some of the most challenging perspectives in the contemporary study of gender and religion. In recent years, women's and gender studies have transformed the international study of religion through the use of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural methodologies, which have opened up new and highly

Overview

Gender, Religion and Diversity provides an introduction to some of the most challenging perspectives in the contemporary study of gender and religion. In recent years, women's and gender studies have transformed the international study of religion through the use of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural methodologies, which have opened up new and highly controversial issues, challenging previous paradigms and creating fresh fields of study. As this book shows, gender studies in religion raises new and difficult questions about the gendered nature of religious phenomena, the relationship between power and knowledge, the authority of religious texts and institutions, and the involvement and responsibility of the researcher undertaking such studies as a gendered subject.

This book is the outcome of an international collaboration between a wide range of researchers from different countries and fields of religious studies. The range and diversity of their contributions is the very strength of this book, for it shows how gendering works in studying different religious materials, whether foundational texts from the Bible or Koran, philosophical ideas about truth, essentialism, history or symbolism, the impact of French feminist thinkers such as Irigaray or Kristeva, or again critical perspectives dealing with the impact of race, gender, and class on religion, or by deconstructing religious data from a postcolonial critical standpoint or examining the impact of imperialism and orientalism on religion and gender.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826488459
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors and Editorsix
Preface and Acknowledgementsxiii
General Introduction: Gender-Critical Turns in the Study of Religion1
I.Theoretical Perspectives
Introduction to Part I13
1Where Have We Been? Where Do We Need to Go?: Women's Studies and Gender in Religion and Feminist Theology17
2Postcolonial and Gendered Reflections: Challenges for Religious Studies28
3Rethinking Subjectivity in the Gender-Oriented Study of Religions: Kristeva and the 'Subject-in-Process'40
4On Understanding that the Struggle for Truth is Moral and Spiritual51
5Religious Identity and the Ethics of Representation: the Study of Religion and Gender in the Secular Academy65
6Raced and Gendered Perspectives: Towards the Epidermalization of Subjectivity in Religious Studies Theory79
II.Historical and Textual Perspectives
Introduction to Part II97
7From Women's History to Feminist Theology: Gender, Witness and Canonicity in the Religious Narration of the Holocaust101
8Rethinking Religion in Gender History: Historiographical and Methodological Reflections113
9The Gendering of Missionary Imperialism: the Search for an Integrated Methodology125
10Gender Archaeology and Paleochristianity138
11'Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus': On the Relationship between Religion, Gender and Space152
12Biblical Gender Strategies: the Case of Abraham's Masculinity162
III.Cultural and Contextual Perspectives
Introduction to Part III175
13Who are the Muslims? Questions of Identity, Gender and Culture in Research Methodologies179
14Reflexive Transformations: Research Comments on Me(n), Feminist Philosophy and the Thealogical Imagination190
15Why Difference Matters: Lesbian and Gay Perspectives on Religion and Gender201
16Indian Dalit Women and the Bible: Hermeneutical and Methodological Reflections212
17Race, Gender, Class and the Theology of Empowerment: an Indian Perspective225
18An Asian Postcolonial and Feminist Methodology: Ethics as a Recognition of Limits238
19Whose Face in the Mirror? Personal and Postcolonial Obstacles in Researching Africa's Contemporary Women's Theological Voices250
Index263

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