Women and Asian Religions (Hardback)Zayn R. Kassam (editor)
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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.
* 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
Number of pages: 394
"The editor brings together scholars with different areas of expertise, and this serves to underscore the fact that women's experiences, in various geographical and religious contexts, are often different, sometimes even within the same spiritual tradition. Furthermore, the various lenses, including, for example, that of motherhood, challenge any notion that feminism can be defined in a singular way. In addition to challenging singular definitions in religiosity, the text serves to mitigate against assuming a strict divide between religions considered Eastern and Western. Finally, the authors provide numerous examples of female agency in traditions that are often stereotyped as lacking in this regard. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." - Choice