Disability And Religious Diversity: Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byDarla Schumm, Michael Stoltzfus

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This edited collection of essays critically examines how diverse religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and/or chronic illness. Contributors employ a wide variety of methodological approaches including ethnography, historical, cultural, or textual analysis, personal narrative, and theological/philosophical investigation.

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This edited collection of essays critically examines how diverse religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and/or chronic illness. Contributors employ a wide variety of methodological approaches including ethnography, historical, cultural, or textual analysis, personal narrative, and t...

Darla Schumm is an Associate Professor of Religion at Hollins University. Michael Stoltzfus is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.61 × 5.7 × 0.78 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230119734

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Table of Contents

Section One: Religion, Narrative Identity and Disability * Performance of Muslim Daily Prayer by Physically Disabled Practitioners--Arseli Dokumaci * Since Feathers Have Grown on My Body:  Madness, Art, and Healing in Celtic Reconstructionist Spirituality--Erynn Rowman Laurie * Whatever the Sacrifice: Illness and Authority in the Baha’i Faith--Priscilla Gilman * Stations of Victoria & Rosalina’s Broken Bread--Aimee Burke Valeras * Section Two: Religion, Accessibility and Disability * Disabled Rites:  Ritual and Disability in Wicca--Jo Pearson * A Secular Case for Religious Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities--Jeff McNair & Abigail Schindler * Health and Disability Care in Native American & Alaska Native Communities--Lavonna Lea Lovern * Section Three: Inter-Religious and Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Disability * Native American Concepts Involving Human Differences--Lavonna Lea Lovern * Chronic Illness and Disability: Paradigms of Suffering and Healing in Buddhism and Christianity--Michael Stoltzfus & Darla Schumm * Disability, Agency and Engagement:  Three Wisdom Traditions Call to be Radically Available--Lynne Bejoian, Molly Quinn & Maysaa Bazna * Best Practices for Faith-Based Organizations Working With Deaf Communities in Developing Countries--Amy Wilson & Kirk VanGilder

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"As much as scholarship on religion and disability focuses on the diversity of human bodies and experiences, it must also be attentive to the wide variety of religious traditions that form and inform us. This work is an important step in recognizing and affirming the religious diversity of our global community, and as such is long overdue." - Deborah Creamer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Iliff School of Theology "This text skillfully captures the moments of intersection between religion and disability and shares the resulting disconnect or synergy in an honest and compelling way. Narratives and inquiry combine to inform and encourage rich discussion and debate about the inclusion of people with disabilities, or lack thereof, in diverse religious traditions." - Kimberly Tanner, Director, Access Office, Valdosta State University "For those in the academy, this text fills a significant gap in the area of religion and disability. While there is an increasing body of literature within Christianity and Judaism that deals with issues of disability, little has been written from the perspective of other religious traditions. This volume, then, represents a significant step in exploring the intersection between disability studies and particular religions and spiritual practices. Hopefully it will spark further, more systematic analyses of the positive and negative contributions each religion makes to disability studies and to the lives of persons who live with a disability." - Kathy Black, Claremont School of Theology