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Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere
Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere
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Oyeronke Olajubu - Author
Jacob K. Olupona - Foreword by
SUNY Series, McGill Studies in the History of Religions, A Series Devoted to International Scholarship
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Hardcover - 184 pages
Release Date: October 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5885-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5885-3

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Paperback - 184 pages
Release Date: October 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5886-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5886-0

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An exploration of gender and power relations in Yoruba religion—both Christianity and Yoruba traditional religion.

Drawing on a wide range of oral and written sources, this book shows that women occupy a central place in the religious worldview and life of the Yoruba people and shows how men and women engage in mutually beneficial roles in the Yoruba religious sphere. It explores how gender issues play out in two Yoruba religious traditions—indigenous religion and Christianity in Southwestern Nigeria. Rather than shy away from illuminating the tensions between the prominent roles of Yoruba women in religion and their perceived marginalization, author Oyeronke Olajubu underscores how Yoruba women have challenged marginalization in ways unprecedented in other world religions.

“…this is a most valuable work. It is sound in its theoretical underpinnings, rich in its ethnography, penetrating in its analysis, and insightful in its conclusions … it is a must read for anyone interested in the subjects of gender and religion in modern African societies.”  — African Studies Review

“The author draws on a wide range of oral sources to provide historical, phenomenological, and ethnographic interpretations of the status and roles of women in the Yoruba religious sphere … a remarkable investigation into gender relations within an African context.” — Journal of Contemporary Religion

"This book's thorough study of the interplay of gender and power relations in the Yoruba religious sphere provides a fresh interpretation to dominant theses and ideas in this area of study." — Akintunde E. Akinade, coeditor of The Agitated Mind of God: The Theology of Kosuke Koyama

"There is no other book on Yoruba women and religion with such breadth, ethnographic richness, and updated data. Olajubu provides an opportunity to consider Yoruba gender practices in various socio-historical contexts, and she fills an information gap on Yoruba women in more recent charismatic and Pentecostal churches." — Deidre H. Crumbley, North Carolina State University

Oyeronke Olajubu is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Religion at the University of Ilorin.


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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

1. Concepts and Theories on Women in Yoruba Religious Sphere

2. Women in Yoruba Culture and Society

3. Women in Yoruba Christian Tradition

4. Identity, Power, and Gender Relations in Yoruba Religious Traditions

5. Women and Rituals in Yoruba Religion

Conclusion

Notes

References

Index



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