Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference

ISBN-10: 0231162499

ISBN-13: 9780231162494

Edition: 2013

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Description: Global struggles over women's roles, rights, and dress have taken center stage in a drama that casts the secular and the religious in tense if not violent opposition. Advocates for equality speak of the issue in terms of rights and modern progress while reactionaries ground their authority in religious and scriptural appeals. Both sides presume women's emancipation is tied to secularization. This volume upsets these certainties by blending diverse voices and traditions, both secular and religious, in studies historicizing, questioning, and testing the implicit links between secularism and expanded freedoms for women. Rather than treat secularism as the answer to conflicts over gender and sexuality, these essays show how it structures the conditions generating them.

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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
Gendering the Divide
Gendering the Divide: Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference
Secularism and Gender Equality
Response Essays
Sexuality and Secularism
Must It Be Either Secular or Religious? Reflections on the Contemporary Journeys of Women's Rights Activists in Egypt
Religion and Women's Political Mobilization
Gender and the Privatization of Religion
Secular Liberalism, Roman Catholicism, and Social Hierarchies: Understanding Multiple Paths
Gendering the Secular and Religious in Modern Egypt: Woman/Family, and Nation
Women, Religion, and Politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Gender, Sexuality, and the Body Politic
Bodies-Politics: Christian Secularism and the Gendering of U.S. Policy
Crimes of Moral Turpitude: Questions at the Borders of Religion, the Secular, and the U.S. Nation-State
On French Religions and Their Renewed Embodiments
Bridging the Divide
Rescued by Law? Gender and the Global Politics of Secularism
The Brahmin Widow and Female Religious Agency: Anticaste Critique in Two Modern Indian Texts
Issues with Authority: Feminist Commitments in a Late Secular Age
Bibliography
Contributors
Index
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