Gendering The Spirit: Women and Religion and the Post-Colonial Response

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Religion remains a powerful reality for countless human beings across a huge range of cultures and widely divergent systems of belief. This book discusses in detail the particular devotional subcultures that women have always created. Its authors draw their evidence and their inspiration form the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian traditions of South and South East Asia, in particular.

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Durre S. Ahmed is Professor of Psychology and Communication and Director of the Graduate Program in Communication and Cultural Studies at the National College of the Arts, Lahore.

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'This volume is not another feminist critique of fundamentalism but takes us beyond religion into feminine spirituality from the point of view of various cultures - Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Buddhist. The book is a formidable step forward in crosscultural reflection on spirituality and feminism.' Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois 'With a wealth of depth and originality, the collection overall makes for an excellent read.' Ayesha Jalal, Economic and Political Weekly 'A real treasure trove... It provides superb resources for researchers and students interested in gender and religion, in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity in Southeast Asia, and in theories about the feminine and masculine drawn from religion, psychology, mythology and symbolism...All in all, this is an excellent publication which deserves to be widely known and read.' Feminist Theology Journal 'This remarkable collection of essays is a much-needed addition to the burgeoning literature on women's spirituality...enthusiastically recommended for both scholars and students in religious studies, cultural studies, and women's studies.' Journal of Asian Studies 'Gendering the Spirit is a significant contribution to the nascent field of women and religion...Not only does the book provide an extraordinary overview of women's spirituality, past and present; but it also introduces the reader to an often hidden world of love, compassion and, most important today, resistance.' Anna Suvorova, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences 'A very timely and welcome addition to the growing literature on women and religions....all told, Gendering the Spirit is one book that is highly and enthusiastically recommended.' Shahla Haerie, Boston University 'Gendering the Spirit is a tour de force in women's studies - uncovering the elements of the longue duree (long duration), the subterranean, the half hidden, the half realised forces softly at work - incisive, tackling the big question and placing the stories of women who made a difference within it.' Latika Padgaonkar, The Pioneer 'By emphasizing the frameworks through which "religion" is understood, Ahmed's structuring of the volume highlights unacknowledged assumptions in Northern academic discourse as it addresses women, gender and spirituality. This engaging collection significantly expands this discourse. Readers will be tantalized for further work on (post)coloniality, gender and religion, and explorations into how power infuses analyses of religion, culture and gdner, as well as normative projects that proceed from such work.' Donna Maeda, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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