Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference

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EditorLinell E. Cady, Tracy Fessenden

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Global struggles over women's roles, rights, and dress increasingly cast the secular and the religious in tense if not violent opposition. When advocates for equality speak in terms of rights and modern progress, or reactionaries ground their authority in religious and scriptural appeals, both tend to presume women's emancipation is ineluctably tied to secularization. Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference upsets this certainty by drawing on diverse voices and traditions in studies that historicize, question, and test the implicit links between secularism and expanded freedoms for women. Rather than position secularism as the answer to conflicts over gender and sexuality, this volume shows both religion and the secular collaborate in creating the conditions that generate them.

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Global struggles over women's roles, rights, and dress increasingly cast the secular and the religious in tense if not violent opposition. When advocates for equality speak in terms of rights and modern progress, or reactionaries ground their authority in religious and scriptural appeals, both tend to presume women's emancipation is i...

Linell E. Cady is professor of religious studies and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University.Tracy Fessenden is associate professor of religious studies at Arizona State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgmentsPart 1 by Gendering the Divide1. Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference: An Introduction, by Linell E. Cady and Tracy Fessenden2. Secularism and Gender Equality, by Joan Wallach Scott3. Sexuality and Secularism, by Saba Mahmood4. Must It Be Either Secular or Religious? Reflections on the Contemporary Journeys of Women's Rights Activists in Egypt, by Azza Karam5. Religion and Women's Political Mobilization, by Ann BraudePart 2 by Gender and the Privatization of Religion6. Secular Liberalism, Roman Catholicism, and Social Hierarchies: Understanding Multiple Paths, by Gene Burns7. Gendering the Secular and Religious in Modern Egypt: Woman, Family, and Nation, by Margot Badran8. Women, Religion, and Politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by Zilka Spahi?-SiljakPart 3 by Gender, Sexuality, and the Body Politic9. Bodies-Politics: Christian Secularism and the Gendering of U.S. Policy, by Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini10. Crimes of Moral Turpitude: Questions at the Borders of Religion, the Secular, and the U.S. Nation-State, by Molly K. McGarry11. On French Religions and Their Renewed Embodiments, by Nacira Guénif-SouilamasPart 4 by Bridging the Divide12. Rescued by Law? Gender and the Global Politics of Secularism, by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd13. The Brahmin Widow and Female Religious Agency: Anticaste Critique in Two Modern Indian Texts, by Rajeswari Sunder Rajan14. Issues with Authority: Feminist Commitments in a Late Secular Age, by David Kyuman KimBibliographyContributorsIndex

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This book both genders and shatters the divide between the secular and the religious in a global context. By historicizing the privatization of both women and religion in modernity, these essays unhinge any simple alignment between feminism and secularism. Cady and Fessenden have produced a collection that coheres, a must read for scholars of gender and all those engaged with the question of the secular.