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What Men Owe to Women
Men's Voices from World Religions
What Men Owe to Women
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John C. Raines - Editor
Daniel C. Maguire - Editor
Hardcover - 312 pages
Release Date: January 2001
ISBN10: 0-7914-4785-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4785-7

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Paperback - 312 pages
Release Date: January 2001
ISBN10: 0-7914-4786-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4786-4

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Men from a wide range of traditions discuss gender justice in world religions.

What Men Owe to Women brings together a distinguished group of male scholars to address gender justice in world religions. It includes contributions representing a wide range of traditions: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Taoism, Buddhism, and African and Native American religions. This book acknowledges the patriarchal overload of these traditions and institutes a creative search for the helpful, but neglected, resources of the traditions themselves. The contributors show how these resources support the economic and political empowerment of women and assist a rethinking of gender relations in terms of genuine mutuality. In addition they share information on their own lives and those of the women in their families that illuminate the discussion.

The book builds upon the enormous international feminist literature that has indicted the religions of the world for their insensitivity to women and their sacralization of sexism. It then looks into the causes of the fear that underlies much sexism and studies the distortion of religious symbols that supports sexism and masks men's obligations.

Contributors include, Marvin M. Ellison, Asghar Ali Engineer, Farid Esack, Ze'ev W. Falk, Christopher Ronwanien:te Jocks, Daniel C. Maguire, Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha, Tavivat Puntarigvivat, John C. Raines, Gerard S. Sloyan, Anantanand Rambachan, and Liu Xiaogan.

"The astonishing point that comes across loud and clear in this book, is that diverse religious traditions have long been held hostage to patriarchal visions and authority. Seeing the diverse cultural evolutions side-by-side emphasizes the similar yet different ways traditions were fashioned by the hands of men. From a comparative religions perspective, this book sheds much light on the varying interpretive strategies employed by religions as they work toward a similar (and suspect) end." -- Kathryn Kueny, Lawrence University

John C. Raines is Professor of Religion at Temple University. He is the coauthor, with Donna C. Day-Lower, of Modern Work and Human Meaning. Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics at Marquette University. He is the author of Death by Choice and The Moral Core of Judaism and Christianity: Reclaiming the Revolution, coauthor, with Larry Rasmussen, of Ethics for a Small Planet, and coeditor, with Harold Coward, of Visions of a New Earth: Religious Perspectives on Population, Consumption, and Ecology, the latter two also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

John C. Raines

1. A Hindu Perspective
Anantanand Rambachan

2. A Protestant Christian Perspective
Marvin M. Ellison

3. Bumuntu Paradigm and Gender Justice: Sexist and Antisexist Trends in African Traditional Religions
Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha

4. Islam, Women, and Gender Justice
Asghar Ali Engineer

5 A Jewish Perspective
Ze'ev W. Falk

6. A Roman Catholic Perspective
Gerard S. Sloyan

7. Islam and Gender Justice: Beyond Simplistic Apologia,
Farid Esack

8. A Thai Buddhist Perspective
Tavivat Puntarigvivat

9. A Taoist Perspective: Appreciating and Applying the Principle of Femininity
Liu Xiaogan

10. A Native North American Perspective: To Protect the Ground We Walk On,
Christopher Ronwanièn:te Jocks

Daniel C. Maguire

List of Contributors


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