Religion: Embodied Religion, 1st Edition

  • Kent L. Brintnall University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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  • ISBN-10: 0028662989
  • ISBN-13: 9780028662985
  • DDC: 202.2
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 450 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released August 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Composed of twenty-two thematic chapters, Embodied Religion orients students and scholars to the critical study of religion, gender, sexuality, and the body. The introduction and first section provide a foundational overview of key terms, topics, and questions for such scholarly work. In the second section, essays examine the multiple and complex ways that various traditions—from Hinduism to Christianity to Paganism—seek to regulate and celebrate embodiment and desire. A final section examines relevant theoretical approaches, including ethnography, phenomenology, queer studies, and disability studies. The volume also includes bibliographies filmographies, images, a glossary, and a comprehensive index, all of which aid the reader in exploring this rich, rewarding, and relevant field.

Features and Benefits

  • The interdisciplinary nature of these handbooks provides an innovative approach to introducing the field to novices.
  • Film, literature, art, and other lenses are used to help the reader understand concepts and ideas in the study of religion.
  • The handbooks combine the features of an introductory textbook with features of a reference resource to effectively engage and educate the user.
  • Introduces the reader to the concept of desiring bodies in religion.
  • Specifically, the reader will learn about how sexuality, gender, and eroticism interact with different religious traditions.
  • Peer-reviewed chapters are written by eminent scholars in the field.
  • Includes a glossary, bibliographies, and summaries for each chapter.
  • 30 images and illustrations.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028662970 | ISBN-13: 9780028662978


"This volume is a very strong entry into the series. Questions and information on religious experience and how gender, desire, and embodiment are interpreted, celebrated, abhorred, and justified are well represented in this compendium of scholarly works. This book will be well suited for researchers and scholars of history, sociology, theology, and global studies. Highly recommended."

— Janis Minshull

Table of Contents

Introduction: Embodied Religion.
1. Religion and the Body.
2. Religion and Sexuality.
3. Hindu Traditions: Controlling and Embracing Embodied Desire.
4. Buddhist Traditions: Embodied Desire as Poison and Antidote.
5. Jewish Traditions: Torah Study and the Making of Gender.
6. Christian Traditions: “God Does Not Despise What God Has Made.”
7. Muslim Traditions: Belief, Practice, and Embodiment.
8. Mormon Traditions: Gender, Sexuality, and Embodiment.
9. Pagan Traditions: Sacralizing the Body.
10. Indigenous Traditions: Embodiment, Gender, and Sexuality.
11. African and African Diaspora Traditions: Religious Syncretism, Erotic Encounter, and Sacred Transformation.
12. History.
13. Ethnography.
14. Phenomenology.
15. Textuality.
16. Feminism.
17. Queer Theory.
18. Trans* and Intersex Studies.
19. Psychoanalysis.
20. Critical Race Theory.
21. Disability Studies.
22. Critical Fat Studies.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kent L. Brintnall

Kent L. Brintnall is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is affiliated with the Department of Religious Studies and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. He is the author of Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure (Chicago, 2011) and the co-editor, with Jeremy Biles, of Negative Ecstasies: Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion (Fordham, 2015).