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Frontmatter

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Women in theYoruba Religious Sphere

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Foreword

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pp. vii-x

It is quite gratifying to witness the beginning and ending of this project by a young, up-coming Nigerian scholar of comparative history of religion. We are at a very critical time in the history of religions and gender studies in Africa. African nations, and particularly African universities, are obscuring the call from several quarters, ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This work is a revision and enlargement of my Ph.D. thesis at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. The journey from its conception to the various stages of writing has been an interesting and dynamic one; marked by challenges. The work has neither lacked critics nor admirers at every step of the way. It is therefore delightful ...

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1. Concepts and Theories on Women in Yoruba Religious Sphere

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pp. 1-20

My concern in this work is to analyze the interplay of gender and power relations in the Yoruba religious sphere. The work examines the status and role of women in Yoruba religion, social structures, liturgical practices, and rituals. In addition, it attempts an appraisal of the place of women in Yoruba Christian tradition, especially ...

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2. Women in Yoruba Culture and Society

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pp. 21-42

As a background for examining gender and the role of women in Yoruba religious life, I would like to provide an overview of the place and status of women in Yoruba culture and society. To begin with, we will explore the popular assumption among feminists and women’s studies scholars that “without an ideology of difference, ...

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3. Women in Yoruba Christian Tradition

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pp. 43-64

Women occupy important positions in Yoruba Christian tradition as is evinced by their large membership of churches in Yorubaland. Further, women have been able to significantly influence the configuration of power relations in the church in Yorubaland. I begin with some explanations and clarifications. I am aware that the ...

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

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pp. 65-92

Identity as a phenomenon encompasses a compendium of different elements that are nevertheless interconnected. Ingredients for the construction of identity are supplied by a combination of culture, religion, and power relations, among others. Moreover, fluidity and reconfigurations are salient features of identity construction, ...

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5. Women and Rituals in Yoruba Religion

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pp. 93-124

Ritual as a phenomenon has been described in different ways as a consequence of the multifarious lenses through which it is observed. Some scholars have opined that ritual could be seen as being behavioral and effecting transformation. In this regard ritual is conceived of as “a kind of symbol, they communicate deeper ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 125-130

In the preceding chapters, we examined the interplay of gender and power relations in the Yoruba religious sphere and the implication of this interplay for women’s roles in Yoruba indigenous and Christian traditions. We noted that the Yoruba conception of gender influences and is in turn influenced by power ...

Notes

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pp. 131-136

References

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pp. 137-144

Index

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pp. 145-172