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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826488459
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula King is Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Tina Beattie is married with four children. After taking a degree in Theology and Bristol University, she moved on to study for a PhD on 'Images of Mary.' She is Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Surrey, Roehampton.

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Table of Contents

General introduction : gender-critical turns in the study of religion 1
I Theoretical perspectives
Introduction to part I 13
1 Where have we been? : where do we need to go? : Women's studies and gender in religion and feminist theology 17
2 Postcolonial and gendered reflections : challenges for religious studies 28
3 Rethinking subjectivity in the gender-oriented study of religions : Kristeva and the 'subject-in-process 40
4 On understanding that the struggle for truth is moral and spiritual 51
5 Religious identity and the ethics of representation : the study of religion and gender in the secular academy 65
6 Raced and gendered perspectives : towards the epidermalization of subjectivity in religious studies theory 79
II Historical and textual perspectives
Introduction to part II 97
7 From women's history to feminist theology : gender, witness and canonicity in the religious narration of the Holocaust 101
8 Rethinking religion in gender history : historiographical and methodological reflections 113
9 The gendering of missionary imperialism : the search for an integrated methodology 125
10 Gender archaeology and paleochristianity 138
11 'Men are from Mars and women are from Venus' : on the relationship between religion, gender and space 152
12 Biblical gender strategies : the case of Abraham's masculinity 162
III Cultural and contextual perspectives
Introduction to part III 175
13 Who are the Muslims? Questions of identity, gender and culture in research methodologies 179
14 Reflexive transformations : research comments on Me(n), feminist philosophy and the thealogical imagination 190
15 Why difference matters : lesbian and gay perspectives on religion and gender 201
16 Indian Dalit women and the Bible : hermeneutical and methodological reflections 212
17 Race, gender, class and the theology of empowerment : an Indian perspective 225
18 An Asian postcolonial and feminist methodology : ethics as a recognition of limits 238
19 Whose face in the mirror? Personal and postcolonial obstacles in researching Africa's contemporary women's theological voices 250
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