Today's Woman in World Religions

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 : 9780791416884, 472 pages, November 1993
Hardcover : 9780791416877, 472 pages, November 1993

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Table of contents

Arvind Sharma

Katherine K. Young

Aboriginal Women's Religion: A Shifting Law of the Land
Diane Bell

Women in Buddhism
Nancy J. Barnes

Women, the State, and Religion Today in The People's Republic of China
Miriam Levering

Women and Chinese Religion in Contemporary Taiwan
Barbara Reed

Today's Jewish Women
Denise L. Carmody

Christianity and Women in the Modern World
Rosemary R. Ruether

Women in Islam
Jane I. Smith

Studying Women and Religion: Conclusions Twenty-Five Years Later
Rita M. Gross



Notes on Contributors

Index of Names

Index of Terms

Subject Index


This book examines how the women's movement is affecting traditional religions and civilizations throughout the world. It reviews cases of global impact in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Australian aboriginal religion. This volume completes the trilogy devoted to women in world religions, edited by Arvind Sharma. The second book in the series is entitled Religion and Women. The present work surveys the position of women in the religious traditions covered in the first volume of the trilogy, Women in World Religions, placing these traditions in contemporary context.

Arvind Sharma is Professor at McGill University. He is the editor of Women in World Religions and the upcoming Religion and Women, both published by SUNY Press.


"This book is on a topic so significant that its importance needs no defense. Many of the authors are among the leading scholars in their fields. Many of the chapters are definitive statements, for the present, of their subjects. " — Sallie B. King, James Madison University

"This is a volume which addresses the cutting edge of its field. Many issues addressed here are of vital importance to the study of religion in general. This is not just a book about women, but about the interrelationship of women's roles and men's roles in religion and the formation of culture. " — Julia M. Hardy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"I found myself engrossed in the material. The articles appeal both in terms of the interest which I felt and the information which I gained. They provide a good balance among presentation of factual data, ideas, and application to experience. " — Rosemary Skinner Keller, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Northwestern University/Garrett-Evangelical Graduate Council