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Siva's Demon Devotee
Siva's Demon Devotee (April 2010)
Karaikkal Ammaiyar
Elaine Craddock - Author

An exploration and translation of the work of Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār.

The Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār describes herself as a demon, accompanying the god Śiva as he dances in the cremation grounds. She is believed to be the first to write devotional poetry to Śiva in the Tamil language and is considered the first of the sixty-three...(Read More)
 
 
Yasodhara, the Wife of the Bodhisattva
Yasodhara, the Wife of the Bodhisattva (September 2009)
The Sinhala Yasodharavata (The Story of Yasodhara) and the Sinhala Yasodharapadanaya (The Sacred Biography of Yasodhara)
Ranjini Obeyesekere - Translated with an introduction and notes by

Translations of two works from Sri Lanka on Yasodharā, the wife of the Buddha—an allusive and intriguing figure in Buddhist lore and literature.

What about Buddha’s wife? We all know that Prince Siddhartha left his wife and infant son to begin his journey to enlightenment. The Pali canon does not mention the woman he left behind. Yasodharā enters the commentarial tradition around the first cen...(Read More)
 
 
Contesting Justice
Contesting Justice (March 2008)
Women, Islam, Law, and Society
Ahmed E. Souaiaia - Author

Argues that the rights of women in Muslim society are based on the preserved cultural standards of elites, not the ethical philosophy of the Quran.

Contesting Justice examines the development of the laws and practices governing the status of women in Muslim society, particularly in terms of marriage, polygamy, inheritance, and property rights. Ahmed E. Souaiaia argues that such laws were not methodically d...(Read More)
 
 
Gods after God
Gods after God (January 2006)
An Introduction to Contemporary Radical Theologies
Richard Grigg - Author

An erudite but eminently readable guide to contemporary radical theologies.

Gods after God provides an accessible introduction to a wide range of contemporary radical theologies. Radical theology can be defined as talk about the divine that rejects the notion of God as a supernatural personal consciousness who created the world and who intervenes in it to accomplish his purposes. In addition, radical theologies t...(Read More)
 
 
Buddhist Women and Social Justice
Buddhist Women and Social Justice (October 2004)
Ideals, Challenges, and Achievements
Karma Lekshe Tsomo - Editor

Looks at Buddhist women's activism for social change from the time of Buddha to the present day.

This book on engaged Buddhism focuses on women working for social justice in a wide range of Buddhist traditions and societies. Contributors document attempts to actualize Buddhism’s liberating ideals of personal growth and social transformation. Dealing with issues such as human rights, gender-based violence, prostitu...(Read More)
 
 
Female Ascetics in Hinduism
Female Ascetics in Hinduism (August 2004)
Lynn Teskey Denton - Author

Provides both a first-hand look at and an insightful analysis of a little-known world—that of female ascetics in India.

Female Ascetics in Hinduism
provides a vivid account of the lives of women renouncers—women who renounce the world to live ascetic spiritual lives—in India. The author approaches the study of female asceticism by focusing on features of two dharmas, two religiously defined ways o...(Read More)
 
 
The Position of Women in Islam
The Position of Women in Islam (August 2004)
A Progressive View
Mohammad Ali Syed - Author

Argues that Islamic law does not accord a lesser status to women and elaborates Muslim women's rights in a variety of areas.

Challenging the conservative framers of Islamic law who accorded a lesser status to women, Mohammad Ali Syed argues that the Quran and the Hadith—the two primary sources of Islamic law—actually place Muslim women on the same level as Muslim men. Syed provides an overview of both sources ...(Read More)
 
 
Women in Ochre Robes
Women in Ochre Robes (October 2003)
Gendering Hindu Renunciation
Meena Khandelwal - Author

Focuses on the lives of female Hindu ascetics and the significance of gender to the tradition of renunciation.

Meena Khandelwal offers an engaging and intimate portrait of extraordinary Hindu women in India who wear "ochre robes," signifying their renunciation of marriage and family for lives of celibacy, asceticism, and spiritual discipline. While the largely male Hindu ascetic tradition of sannyasa rend...(Read More)

 
 
Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere
Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere (October 2003)
Oyeronke Olajubu - Author
Jacob K. Olupona - Foreword by

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...(Read More)
 
 
The Call of God
The Call of God (July 2003)
Women Doing Theology in Peru
Tom Powers, SJ - Author

Explores the religious thought and lives of the poor women of Peru, who were central to the birth of liberation theology.

Based on conversations with women in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lima, Peru, The Call of God explores how their faith provides them with an understanding amidst extreme poverty, violence, and displacement. Peru was the birthplace of liberation theology and the poor women of that coun...(Read More)
 
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