Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women

Editors: Howland, C. (Ed.)

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Dialogue on the conflict between religious fundamentalism and women's rights is often stymied by an 'all or nothing' approach: fundamentalists claim of absolute religious freedom, while some feminists dismiss religion entirely as being so imbued with patriarchy as to be eternally opposed to women's rights. This ignores, though, the experiences of religious women who suffer under fundamentalism and fight to resist it, perceiving themselves to be at once religious and feminist. In Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women , Howland provides a forum for these different scholars, both religious and nonreligious, to meet and seek common ground in their fight against fundamentalism. Through an examination of international human rights, national law, grass roots activism, and theology, this volume explores the acute problems that contemporary fundamentalist movements pose for women's equality and liberty rights.

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COURTNEY W. HOWLAND is Visiting Scholar in Residence at the International Women's Human Rights Center at Georgetown University Law Center.

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'This is an informative and empowering book on the troubled relationship between religious fundamentalisms and women's rights. The book does not only offer analyses of this relationsip and the difficulities experienced by women from all religious traditions in the face of sexist fundamentalism, it also moves towards alternatives in this relationship...It is imperative for South African society to take not of this book, its analyses and proposals.' - Professor Christina Landman, RITR, University of South Africa, Pretoria

'Howland's book is valuable for the insights that its essays offer into the devices and arguments that extremists use in different religious settings (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism) to camouflage male dominance and package it as sacred, eternal and transcendent divine law. The book clarifies underlying similarities among the religions, while also noting some striking areas of divergence.' - Fatema Mernissi, Institute Universitaire De Recherche Scientifique, Université Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco

'This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the significant dual role that religions play in both disempowering and empowering women in different societies.' - Rebecca J. Cook, University of Toronto

'This book is a fascinating collection of essays representing perspectives of anthropology, law, theology and philosophy. It is a must for anyone interested in feminist studies, cultural relativism or human rights. The diversity of approaches to a complex phenomenon is truly astounding.' - Christoph H. Schreuer, Johns Hopkins University


Table of contents (27 chapters)

Table of contents (27 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women
Editors
  • C. Howland
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10738-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230107380
Softcover ISBN
978-0-312-29306-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 326
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