Women and Religion

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byMajella Franzmann

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Women and Religion offers students a unique introduction to the process of reading and listening to women's stories of religious experience. Engaging and accessible, the book provides a discussion of women's roles in and experiences of religion and spirituality, primarily within the five majorworld religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--and also more broadly in other contexts. The author presents women's experiences both within and separate from the normative sphere of established religious activity, which is mainly represented by male-dominated public ritualsand texts. The discussions are drawn together under major themes and issues, across traditions and cultures. Topics covered include the marginalization of women and their religious experience within the structures of the major world religions, including texts, rituals, and codes of law and behavior;women's experience within less structured religious settings; women's independent religious life; bringing women from the periphery of religious experience to its center in order to hear them speak as religious and spiritual subjects; and contemporary women's search for new and reimagined ancientforms of religious and spiritual life. Ideal for courses in women and religion, this wide-ranging text can also be used as supplementary reading for courses in world religions.

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Women and Religion offers students a unique introduction to the process of reading and listening to women's stories of religious experience. Engaging and accessible, the book provides a discussion of women's roles in and experiences of religion and spirituality, primarily within the five majorworld religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Judais...

Majella Franzmann is at University of New England.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019510773X

ISBN - 13:9780195107739

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. HEARING VOICES--A PROCESS FOR READING AND WRITING ABOUT WOMEN AND RELIGIONIntroduction to the Process: Hermeneutic and DiscernmentThe Hermeneutical ProcessAn Example of the Hermeneutical Process2. LEARNING LANGUAGES--A CONTEXT FOR READING AND WRITING ABOUT RELIGION AND WOMENLanguage About ReligionLanguage About Women and Religion3. VOICES FROM OFFSTAGE--MARGINAL EXPERIENCE, MARGINAL LANGUAGEThe Experience and Relating of the ExperienceThe Authority of Religious and Academic TraditionsMarginalization Strategies by Religious TraditionsThe Deeper Structures of Marginalization: Women's Bodies4. VOICES FROM CENTER STAGEMovement from Margin to CenterWomen's Independent Spiritual/Religious LifeContemporary Strategies for Movement to the Center5. A CHORUS OF MANY VOICESMany Voices: Difference and DialogueThe Critical Interpreting VoiceSuggested ReadingsBibliography

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"I picked up this book eagerly thinking it would tell me more about women's experiences/perceptions of Islam. The author makes clear this is not her goal, but instead provides very useful ways for thinking about and presenting this material to students in stimulating, exciting ways. I willdefinitely recommend this."--Anne Ruszkiewitz, SUNY New Paltz