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Women and Asian religions

Format: Print Book 2017
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BL458.W5623 2017
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  BL458.W5623 2017

Covering eclectic topics ranging from South Asian religion to motherhood to world dance to ethnomusicology, this book focuses on contemporary selected experiences of women and how their lives interface with religion.

Religion has often been perceived as the source of constriction for women's roles in society. This volume explores how modern women across Asia are mobilizing their faith traditions to address existential issues encountered in both the public and private realms, relating to economics, public participation, politics, and culture. As such, it is revealed that religion can be a powerful force for social change and ameliorating women's lives, despite use of religious doctrine in the past to limit women.

Editor Zayn R. Kassam, PhD, and the contributors cover not only the commonly considered "Asian" traditions of Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism but also Christianity, Judaism, Bahai, and indigenous traditions. The book reveals that the challenges and opportunities Asian women face arise both from within and outside, whether in terms of developments within their countries or in relation to international political and economic regimes. The chapters explore how the issues Asian women face have as much to do with cultural and religious codes as they do with politics, economics, education, and the law; consider the varying ways in which family and motherhood are affected by the state's construction of the gendered citizen, by social constructs of motherhood, and by policies regarding women and children's access to health care; and identify the roles played by religion and spirituality in these circumstances.

Examines how women draw upon their faith to address the issues they face in the changing contexts of globalization, religion and spirituality, and feminism Reveals the myriad ways in which women across Asia are mobilizing to become agents of change while remaining firmly rooted in their religious and cultural traditions Highlights how religion can be a powerful force for social change
Additional Information
Series Women and religion in the world.
Subjects Women and religion -- Asia.
Publisher Santa Barbara, California :2017
Contributors Kassam, Zayn, editor.
Language English
Description xxiii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-369) and index.
ISBN 9780275991593
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