Gender, Religion and Education in a Chaotic Postmodern World, 1st Edition

  • Zehavit Gross
  • Lynn Davies
  • Al-Khansaa Diab
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  • ISBN-10: 9400752709
  • ISBN-13: 9789400752702
  • DDC: 371.82
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 392 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The immense changes that the world is undergoing in terms of globalization and migration of peoples have had a profound effect on cultures and identities. The question is whether this means shifts in religious identities for women and men in different contexts, whether such shifts are seen as beneficial, negative or insufficient, or whether social change actually means new conservatisms or even fundamentalisms. Surrounding these questions is the role of education is in any change or new contradiction. This unique book enhances an interdisciplinary discourse about the complex intersections between gender, religion and education in the contemporary world.  Literature in the social sciences and humanities have expanded our understanding of women's involvement in almost every aspect of life, yet the combined religious/educational aspect is still an under-studied and often under-theorized field of research. How people experience their religious identity in a new context or country is also a theme now needing more complex attention. Questions of the body, visibility and invisibility are receiving new treatments. This book fills these gaps. The book provides a strong comparative perspective, with 15 countries or contexts represented. The context of education and learning covers schools, higher education, non-formal education, religious institutions, adult literacy, curriculum and textbooks.  Overall, the book reveals a great complexity and often contradiction in modern negotiations of religion and secularism by girls and boys, women and men, and a range of possibilities for change. It provides a theoretical and practical resource for researchers, religious and educational institutions, policy makers and teachers. 

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Challenging Patriarchy: New Advances in Researching Religious Feminism and Religious Education.
2: The Contested Role of Education, Religion and Gender.
3: Gender, Religion, and the Work of Homeschooling.
4: Women’s Theologies, Women’s Pedagogies: Globalization, Education, and Liberation in Nicaragua.
5: Gender, Buddhism and Education: Dhamma and Social Transformation within the Theravada Tradition.
6: Shakti as a Liberatory and Educative Force for Hindu Women.
7: Shame and Borders: The ‘Aisyiyah’s Struggle for Muslim Women’s Education in Indonesia.
8: The Role of Silencing Among Religious Girls in Jewish, Christian-Arab, Muslim, and Bedouin Schools in Israel.
9: Religious Education and the Study of Religion.
10: Gendering Religious Studies: Reconstructing Religion and Gender Studies in Japan.
11: The Implications of the Feminization of Theology: Deconstructing Sacred Texts as an Educational Issue.
12: Religious Education Beyond Multireligious Instruction: Pupils’ and Students’ Reactions to Religious Education in a Context of Diversity.
13: “Holiness Class”: “Constructing a Constructive Woman” in a Zionist Religious Ulpana.
14: Migration and Identity.
15: Recovering the Voice of Women in Islam: Lessons for Educators and Others.
16: Germany, Islam, and Education: Unveiling the Contested Meaning(s) of the Headscarf.
17: Palestinian-Educated Women: Between Religion and Society.
18: Defying Religion or Changing Through Religion? Shifting Concepts of Religion, Culture, and Self.
19: Islam, Education, and Gender: Discourses and Practices Among Pakistani Diaspora in the UK.
20: Sexuality, Masculinity, the Body and Gendered Space.
21: The Role of Islam in the Lives of Girls and Women in Physical Education and Sport.
22: Homophobic Bullying in Catholic High Schools: Five US Studies in Heterosexism, Authority, Masculinity, and Religion.
23: Teenage Boys and Life Experience: Towards a Theory of Spirituality and Religiosity.
24: Embodying the Veil: Muslim Women and Gendered Islamophobia in ‘New Times’.
25: Rights, Equality, Secularism.
26: Learning Through Living: Intersections of Religion and Gender.
27: A World Beyond the Veil: Pursuing Gender Equality in Pakistan.
28: Fundamentalist Religion and Gender: The Case for an Inclusive Secular Education.
Conclusion: Intersections and Drivers of Change in Gender, Religion and Education.
About the Editors.
About the Contributors.