Religion and Women

Edited by Arvind Sharma

Subjects: Women In Religion
Series: SUNY series, McGill Studies in the History of Religions, A Series Devoted to International Scholarship
Paperback : 9780791416907, 291 pages, November 1993
Hardcover : 9780791416891, 291 pages, November 1993

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Table of contents

Arvind Sharma

Katherine K. Young

At the Beginning Was Woman: Women in Native American Religious Traditions
Kathleen M. Dugan

Women in African Religious
Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Women in Shinto: Images Remembered
Michiko Yusa

Women in Jainism
Nalini Balbir

Outside the Discipline, Inside the Experience: Women in Zoroastrianism
Rajkumari Shanker

Women in the Baha'i Faith
Susan S. Maneck




Index of Names

Index of Terms

Subject Index


This book discusses the position of women in the Native American, African, Shinto, Jaina, Zoroastrian, Sikh, and Baha'i faiths for the first time in a single volume, and evolves a conceptual framework within which their positions could be comprehensively considered. The contributing scholars provide an enlarged database for a more thorough discussion of the questions pertaining to women and religion in general, and simultaneously advance the theoretical frontiers in women's studies. Religion and Women belongs to a trilogy about women and world religions edited by Arvind Sharma the first and third volumes being respectively, Women in World Religions and Today's Woman in World Religions.

Arvind Sharma is Professor at McGill University. He is the editor of the two other volumes in this trilogy, Women in World Religions and the upcoming Today's Woman in World Religions, both published by SUNY Press.


"This book provides an in-depth look at how a variety of lesser-known religious traditions view women. The essays are well crafted, providing a great deal of new information on the status of women in these traditions. " — Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University