Cover

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Frontmatter

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Methodology in Religious Studies

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p. iii

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

The study of religion has developed a wide range of methods to study its subject matter, ever since its establishment as an academic discipline in the 1860s. These have now become fairly well defined and may be identified, despite areas of overlap,..

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xi

The scholarly study of religion was inspired by the Age of Discovery’s encounter with foreign religions and the Enlightenment’s insistence that knowledge be founded on empiricism and reason. Empiricism and reason gave rise, in turn, to the development of distinctive academic disciplines beginning in the nineteenth century: history, literary...

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1. Women’s Studies in the History of Religions

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pp. 1-15

To appreciate the radical impact women’s studies has had on the discipline of history of religions, it is necessary first to describe briefly how the history of religions understands its task. The history of religions, which claims to be the objective, scientific study of religion, sets as its task...

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2. From the Phenomenology of Religion to Feminism and Women’s Studies

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pp. 17-40

There have been two sea-changes in the past century on the topic of religion and women. The first involved the transition from Christian perspectives with their normative (ethical and ontological) underpinnings to the empirical study of world religions based on insiders’ views analyzed in comparative and historical frames. This sea-change was the...

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3. Feminist Issues and Methods in the Anthropology of Religion

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pp. 41-66

The anthropology of religion is an ambiguous term linking two closely allied disciplines: anthropology and the academic study of religion. But what is the anthropology of religion? Classically thought of as the study of the religions of indigenous peoples, in...

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4. Feminist Research in the Sociology of Religion

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pp. 67-96

Beginning several decades ago with the rise of the modern feminist movement, feminist scholars began to develop new historical analyses, to pose new questions about the assumptions and values of established scientific inquiry, and to call for a more complete understanding of women’s position in society and place in nature. As part of...

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5. The Impact of Women’s Studies on the Psychology of Religion: Feminist Critique, Gender Analysis, and the Inclusion of Women

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pp. 97-146

In recent decades two major enterprises have characterized the psychological study of religion.1 One enterprise, widely known as “the psychology of religion” seeks to uncover the origins and trace the effects of religious ideas and practices through the application of the theoretical and methodological perspectives of psychology...

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6. Feminist Philosophy of Religion

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pp. 147-178

References to feminist theology or to feminist philosophy receive positive recognition of the disciplines from educated colleagues. But mention of “feminist philosophy of religion” often draws a furrowed brow or a questioning look, followed by, “Exactly...

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7. Methodologies in Women’s Studies and Feminist Theology

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pp. 179-206

Feminist theology is both a critical reflection on the effects of androcentric bias on theology, and also a reconstruction of theology so that women are fully included and affirmed as full and equal human beings in the symbolic content of theology, as well as in the teaching and pastoral ministries of the church. In this essay on methodologies in feminist...

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8. Method in Women’s Studies in Religion: A Critical Feminist Hermeneutics

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pp. 207-241

This volume seeks to explore the methodological contributions that women’s, or feminist, studies in religion are making to religious studies. Its aim is to investigate the affinities, interactions, and differences between the still new discipline of women’s/feminist studies and the study of religion. It wants to do so especially with respect..

About the Contributors

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pp. 243-245

Index of Names

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pp. 247-248

Index of Terms

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p. 249

Subject Index

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pp. 251-253