Gendered Agency in Transcultural Hinduism and Buddhism
Focusing on complex entanglements of religion and gender from a diversity of perspectives, this book explores how women enact agencies in transcultural Hindu and Buddhist settings. The chapters draw on original, in-depth empirical research in various contexts in South Asian religious traditions. Today, in an increasing number of such contexts, women are able to undergo monastic and priestly education, receive ordination/initiation as nuns and priestesses, and are accepted as ascetic religious leaders. They are starting to establish new religious communities within conservative traditions, occupying religious leadership positions on par with men. This volume considers the historical background, contemporary trajectories, and potential impact of the emergence of these new and powerful female agencies in conservative South Asian religious traditions. It will be of particular interest to scholars of religion, women's and gender studies, and South Asian studies.
- Publisher: Routledge
- Publish Date: Apr 1st, 2024
- Pages: 292
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.69in - 1.32lb
- EAN: 9781032559339
- Categories: • Sexuality & Gender Studies• Buddhism - General (see also Philosophy - Buddhist)• Hinduism - General
About the Author
Ute Hüsken is Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology) in the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University, Germany.
Agi Wittich holds a PhD in Comparative Religions from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Nanette R. Spina is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Georgia, USA.