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Women in Religion

ISBN-10: 0321194810
ISBN-13: 9780321194817
Edition: 2007
Authors: Mary Pat Fisher
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Description: This latest book by notable scholar and author Mary Pat Fisher reflects the growing interest in women in religion. Every chapter begins with a brief history of a religious tradition and womens roles in the development of that religion, giving  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.20
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

This latest book by notable scholar and author Mary Pat Fisher reflects the growing interest in women in religion. Every chapter begins with a brief history of a religious tradition and womens roles in the development of that religion, giving students historical context. Biographical feature boxes and interviews are peppered throughout each chapter to provide insight into the personal experiences of key figures and practitioners. Extracts from holy texts, diaries, and articles, together with shorter quotations woven throughout thenbsp;text, support and illustrate the main text discussion and enable critical issues to be raised and considered.nbsp;nbsp; This accessible text makes womens religious experiences and actions come to life in all their richness and variety.

Preface
Women's Religious Experiences
What is Religion?
Patriarchy in Institutionalized Religions
Limits on Women's Religious Participation
Women's Bodies
Women's Non-institutional Spiritual Roles
Interview: Rosemarie Eble, Emergency Nurse
Women as Mystics
Women as Ascetics
Studying Women in Religions
Are Women Different from Men?
Concepts of the Divine
Challenges to Institutional Restrictions
Women and Current Issues
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Indigenous Religions
Overview of Indigenous Religions
Gender Balance
Female Divinity
Excerpt: Paula Gunn Allen, At the Center of All is Woman
Women in Mythology
Shamans, Priestesses, Healers
Interview: Maria Amanchina, Siberian Shaman
Women's Rituals
Genital Surgery
Rites for First Menstruation
Reclaiming Ancestral Roots
Healing of the Planet and the People
Interview: Luanna Neff, Healing a Bombed Hawaiian Island
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Hinduism
Paths of Sanatana Dharma
The Changing Role of Women
Worship of the Goddess
Women as Ascetics and Bhaktis
Biography: Akka Mahadevi
Women's Rituals
Excerpt: Vijaya Nagarajan, Women's Auspicious Designs
Spiritual Music and Dance
Interview: Bharati Shivaji, Mohiniyattam Dancer and Teacher
Female Teachers
Excerpt: Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, The Awakening of Universal Motherhood
Hindu Practice in the West
Women and Communalism
Women and Social Activism
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Buddhism
Life and Teachings of the Buddha
Excerpt: Maechee Pathomwan, Mindfulness and the End of Suffering
Creation of an Order of Nuns
Women's Situation in the Major Forms of Buddhism
Contemporary Status and Ordination of Nuns
Biography: Yeshe Tsogyel
Feminist Analysis of Buddhist Concepts
Contemporary Women as Buddhist Teachers
Buddhist Women as Social Activists
Excerpt: bell hooks, Defining Oneself as Buddhist
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Confucianism and Daoism
Ancient Ways of Chinese Religions
Women in Confucianism
Excerpt: Pan Chao, Lessons for Women
Neo-Confucianism
Rebellion against Confucianism in Modern China
Confucianism outside the Republic of China
The Development of Daoism
Excerpt: Chung Hyun Kyung, "Comfort Women" of Asia
Feminine Aspects of Daoism
Biography: Sun Bu-er, Female Adept
Female Immortals and Adepts
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Judaism
Development of Judaism
Women in the Hebrew Bible
Excerpt: The Story of Eve
Excerpt: The Story of Esther
Women in Jewish History
Biography: Gluckel of Hamelin
Traditional Jewish Laws Concerning Women
Contemporary Changes
Feminist Theology
Excerpt: Judith Plaskow, God-language
Feminist Liturgy
Excerpt: Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Mikva Dreams
Women in Contemporary Judaism
Interview: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, On Becoming a Rabbi
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Christianity
The Jesus Movement
Women of the Bible
Women in Early Christian Communities
Subsequent Subordination of Women
Excerpt: Rosemary Radford Ruether, Equivalence or Subordination
Martyrs, Saints, and Ascetics
Excerpt: Julian of Norwich, Our Mother Jesus
Biography: St. Teresa of Avila, God's Real Friend
Christian Women's Institutional Roles
Interview: Rev. Allison Stokes, Ph.D.
Social Activists and Servants of Humanity
Feminist Theology
Excerpt: Creating New Liturgies for Women
Contemporary Issues
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Islam
Women in Pre-Muslim Arabia
The Prophet and Women
Biography: Khadija
Increasing Seclusion and Veiling of Women
Feminist Reading of the Holy Qur'an
Excerpt: Riffat Hassan, Human Liberation is Supported by the Holy Qur'an
Laws Concerning Women
Excerpt: Amina Wadud, Wives and Qur'an
Varied Cultural Settings of Islam Today
Interview: Sana Shariq, A Journey into the Heart
Social Issues and Feminist Activism
Excerpt: Amina Wadud, Alternative Views of Islamic Ideals
Women as Mystics
Excerpt: Prayers of Rabi'a
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women in Newer Religions
Sikhism
Biography: Bibi Sahib Kaur
Baha'i Faith
Theosophy to New Age
Wicca
Goddess Spirituality
Excerpt: Starhawk, Spirit and Action
Afro-Caribbean Mixtures
Key Terms and Suggested Reading
Women Beyond Religions
Personal Spirituality
Mystics and Healers
Interview: Koshi, Uncharted Ways
Eclectic Ways
Non-hierarchical, Non-dogmatic Groups
Suggested Reading
Notes
Glossary
Illustration Credits
Index

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