Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface with Women's Studies

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SUNY Press, Sep 26, 2002 - Religion - 253 pages
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Methodology in Religious Studies assesses the impact of women’s studies on the various methods employed in studying religion. Since its inception in the 1860s, the study of religion as an academic discipline has evolved over time, ranging from the classically historical to the boldly hermeneutical. The women’s studies movement has, since the 1980s, become part and parcel of the intellectual landscape of our times, and the study of religion has become increasingly influenced by it. What are the implications of this new development for the methodology of religious studies? Leading practitioners of psychological, theological, sociological, anthropological, phenomenological, historical, and hermeneutic approaches examine the mutually enriching interface between religious studies and women’s studies, as they explore the broader issue of the interaction between method and the nature of the subject itself.
 

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Contents

Womens Studies in the History of Religions
1
From the Phenomenology of Religion to Feminism and Womens Studies
17
Feminist Issues and Methods in the Anthropology of Religion
41
Feminist Research in the Sociology of Religion
67
The Impact of Womens Studies on the Psychology of Religion Feminist Critique Gender Analysis and the Inclusion of Women
97
Feminist Philosophy of Religion
147
Methodologies in Womens Studies and Feminist Theology
179
Method in Womens Studies in Religion A Critical Feminist Hermeneutics
207
About the Contributors
243
Index of Names
247
Index of Terms
249
Subject Index
251
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Arvind Sharma is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. He is the editor of Women Saints in World Religions and Women in World Religions and the coeditor (with Katherine K. Young) of Feminism and World Religions, all published by SUNY Press.

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