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Women and Religious Freedom

Author : Nazila Ghanea-Hercock
Publisher : Government Printing Office
Release : 2017
Category : History
ISBN : 0160942837

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Print format not distributed to depository libraries.

Women's Rights and Religious Law

Author : Fareda Banda,Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-02-12
Category : Law
ISBN : 9781317517665

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Book Women's Rights and Religious Law Description/Summary:

The three Abrahamic faiths have dominated religious conversations for millennia but the relations between state and religion are in a constant state of flux. This relationship may be configured in a number of ways. Religious norms may be enforced by the state as part of a regime of personal law or, conversely, religious norms may be formally relegated to the private sphere but can be brought into the legal realm through the private acts of individuals. Enhanced recognition of religious tribunals or religious doctrines by civil courts may create a hybrid of these two models. One of the major issues in the reconciliation of changing civic ideals with religious tenets is gender equality, and this is an ongoing challenge in both domestic and international affairs. Examining this conflict within the context of a range of issues including marriage and divorce, violence against women and children, and women’s political participation, this collection brings together a discussion of the Abrahamic religions to examine the role of religion in the struggle for women’s equality around the world. The book encompasses both theory and practical examples of how law can be used to negotiate between claims for gender equality and the right to religion. It engages with international and regional human rights norms and also national considerations within countries. This book will be of great relevance to scholars and policy makers with an interest in law and religion, gender studies and human rights law.

Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women

Author : Courtney W. Howland
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1999
Category : Religious fundamentalism
ISBN : STANFORD:36105024919081

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Book Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women Description/Summary:

Dialogue on the conflict between religious fundamentalism and women's rights is often stymied by an all or nothing approach; fundamentalists rely on a claim of absolute religious freedom, while 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. This book provides a forum for 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.

Abortion Rights as Religious Freedom

Author : Peter Wenz
Publisher : Temple University Press
Release : 2010-05-18
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9781439904619

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Book Abortion Rights as Religious Freedom Description/Summary:

Wenz argues that the Supreme Court reached the right decision in Roe v. Wade but for the wrong reasons.

Women V. Religion

Author : Karen L. Garst
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2018
Category : Religion
ISBN : 1634311701

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Throughout history, religion has been used as a tool of female subjugation. Women have been deemed less worthy than men, have been prevented from owning property, and worse--all in the name of a higher power. In recent decades, women have made progress in terms of equal rights with men, at least in Western democracies, but still, why has the United States never had a female president? Why aren't more women heads of Fortune 500 companies? Why do politicians in the West continue to attack women's reproductive rights? As this volume explores, it would be hard to find a bigger culprit than religion when identifying the last cultural barriers to full gender equality. With topics ranging from the subjugation of women in the Bible to the shame and guilt felt by women due to religious teaching, this volume makes clear that only by rejecting the very system that limits their autonomy will women be fully liberated from its malignant influences, not just in codified law but also in cultural practice.

Gender, Religion, and Family Law

Author : Lisa Fishbayn Joffe,Sylvia Neil
Publisher : UPNE
Release : 2013
Category : Law
ISBN : 9781611683271

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Book Gender, Religion, and Family Law Description/Summary:

Groundbreaking theoretical and legal approaches to resolving conflicts between gender equality and cultural practices

A Call to Action

Author : Jimmy Carter
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2014-03-25
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781476773971

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Book A Call to Action Description/Summary:

In the highly acclaimed bestselling A Call to Action, President Jimmy Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence against women and girls. President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable and their children are trapped in war and violence. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.

Inside the Vatican

Author : Thomas S.J. Reese
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 1998-02-19
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780674418011

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Book Inside the Vatican Description/Summary:

Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with Vatican officials, this book affords a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the organization behind the institution. Throughout, revealing and colorful anecdotes from church history and the present day bring the unique culture of the Vatican to life.

Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age

Author : Nelson Tebbe
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 2017-01-01
Category : Law
ISBN : 9780674971431

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Book Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age Description/Summary:

Nelson Tebbe shows how a method called social coherence offers a way to resolve conflicts between advocates of religious freedom and proponents of equality law. Based on the way people reason through moral problems in everyday life, it can lead to workable solutions in a wide range of issues, including gay rights and women’s reproductive choice.

Unholy Discrimination

Author : Denise Buser
Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
Release : 2017
Category : Women in the Catholic Church
ISBN : 9783643802453

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Unholy Discrimination addresses conflicts between gender equality and religious freedom, including the lack of female access to leading spiritual offices. In the Roman Catholic Church, canon law forbids female priesthood: "Only a baptised man can validly receive sacred ordination" (can. 1024). This study takes a legal approach to the equal treatment of men and women. It discusses whether this method is appropriate to the field of religion, and also considers conflicts that arise from the state's duty to protect the fundamental rights of all its citizens. (Series: Law and Religion / Religions-Recht im Dialog, Vol. 25) [Subject: Religious Studies, Legal Studies, Gender Studies]

The Right to Religious Freedom in International Law

Author : Anat Scolnicov
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2010-10-18
Category : Law
ISBN : 9781136907050

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Book The Right to Religious Freedom in International Law Description/Summary:

This book analyses the right to religious freedom in international law, drawing on an array of national and international cases. Taking a rigorous approach to the right to religious freedom, Anat Scolnicov argues that the interpretation and application of religious freedom must be understood as a conflict between individual and group claims of rights, and that although some states, based on their respective histories, religions, and cultures, protect the group over the individual, only an individualistic approach of international law is a coherent way of protecting religious freedom. Analysing legal structures in a variety of both Western and Non-Western jurisdictions, the book sets out a topography of different constitutional structures of religions within states and evaluates their compliance with international human rights law. The book also considers the position of women's religious freedom vis-à-vis community claims of religious freedom, of children’s right to religious freedom and of the rights of dissenters within religious groups.

Religious Freedom Under Scrutiny

Author : Heiner Bielefeldt,Michael Wiener
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Release : 2019-12-20
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780812251807

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Book Religious Freedom Under Scrutiny Description/Summary:

Freedom of religion or belief is deeply entrenched in international human rights conventions and constitutional traditions around the world. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion as does the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which the United Nations General Assembly adopted in 1966. A rich jurisprudence on freedom of religion or belief is based on the European Convention on Human Rights, drafted in 1950 by the Council of Europe. Similar regional guarantees exist in the framework of the Organization of American States as well as within the African Union. Freedom of religion or belief has found recognition in numerous national constitutions, and some governments have shown a particularly strong commitment to the international promotion of this right. As Heiner Bielefeldt and Michael Wiener observe, however, freedom of religion or belief remains a source of political conflict, legal controversy, and intellectual debate. In Religious Freedom Under Scrutiny, Bielefeldt and Wiener explore various critiques leveled at this right. For example, does freedom of religion contribute to the spread of Western neoliberal values to the detriment of religious and cultural diversity? Can religious freedom serve as the entry point for antifeminist agendas within the human rights framework? Drawing on their considerable experience in the field, Bielefeldt and Wiener provide a typological overview and analysis of violations around the world that illustrate the underlying principles as well as the relationship between freedom of religion or belief and other human rights. Religious Freedom Under Scrutiny argues that without freedom of religion or belief, human rights cannot fully address our complex needs, yearnings, and vulnerabilities as human beings. Furthermore, ignoring or marginalizing freedom of religion or belief would weaken the plausibility, attractiveness, and legitimacy of the entire system of human rights.

Religion, Gender, and the Public Sphere

Author : Niamh Reilly,Stacey Scriver
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-11-26
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781135014254

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Book Religion, Gender, and the Public Sphere Description/Summary:

The re-emergence of religion as a significant cultural, social and political, force is not gender neutral. Tensions between claims for women’s equality and the rights of sexual minorities on one side and the claims of religions on the other side are well-documented across all major religions and regions. It is also well recognized in feminist scholarship that gender identities and ethno-religious identities work together in complex ways that are often exploited by dominant groups. Hence, a more comprehensive understanding of the changing role and influence of religion in the public sphere more widely requires complex, multidisciplinary and comparative gender analyses. Most recent discussion on these matters, however, especially in Europe, has focused primarily on the perceived subordinate status of Muslim women. These debates are a reminder of the deep interrelation of questions of gender, identity, human rights and religious freedom more generally. The relatively narrow (albeit important) purview of such discussions so far, however, underscores the need to extend the horizon of enquiry vis-à-vis religion, gender and the public sphere beyond the binary of ‘Islam versus the West’. Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere moves gender from the periphery to the centre of contemporary debates about the role of religion in public and political life. It offers a timely, multidisciplinary collection of gender-focused essays that address an array of challenges arising from the changing role and influence of religious organisations, identities, actors and values in the public sphere in contemporary multicultural and democratic societies.

Faith and Freedom

Author : Mahnaz Afkhami
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Release : 1995-07-01
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 0815626673

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Book Faith and Freedom Description/Summary:

Over half a billion women live in the Muslim world. Despite the rich complexity of their social, cultural, and ethnic differences, they are often portrayed in monolithic terms. Such stereotyping, fueled by the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism, has proved detrimental to Muslim women in their campaign for human rights. This book is the first detailed study to emphasize Muslim women's rights as human rights and to explore the existing patriarchal structures and processes that present women's human rights as contradictory to Islam. Academics and activists, most of whom live in the Muslim world, discuss the major issues facing women of the region as they enter the twenty-first century. They demonstrate how the cultural segregation of women, contradictory and conflicting legal codes, and the monopoly on the interpretation of religious texts held by a select group of male theologians, have resulted in domestic and political violence against women and the suppression of their rights. The contributors focus on ways and means of empowering Muslim women to participate in the general socialization process as well as in implementing and evaluating public policy.

Women's Equality and Religious Freedom

Author : Mehrak Mehrvar
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2009
Category : Women's rights
ISBN : OCLC:812924581

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Book Women's Equality and Religious Freedom Description/Summary:

Devising legal strategies to protect women's equality rights in the context of freedom of religion requires an analysis of how religious practices affect women in their daily lives. This report is intended to provide a picture of that by listening to some of the voices and experiences of women of faith from various religious groups. In addition, given the impact religious officials have on women's daily lives, we interviewed some officials to explore their opinions, practices and perspectives on women's equality.

Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India

Author : Laura Dudley Jenkins
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Release : 2019-06-07
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780812250923

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Book Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India Description/Summary:

Hinduism is the largest religion in India, encompassing roughly 80 percent of the population, while 14 percent of the population practices Islam and the remaining 6 percent adheres to other religions. The right to "freely profess, practice, and propagate religion" in India's constitution is one of the most comprehensive articulations of the right to religious freedom. Yet from the late colonial era to the present, mass conversions to minority religions have inflamed majority-minority relations in India and complicated the exercise of this right. In Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India, Laura Dudley Jenkins examines three mass conversion movements in India: among Christians in the 1930s, Dalit Buddhists in the 1950s, and Mizo Jews in the 2000s. Critics of these movements claimed mass converts were victims of overzealous proselytizers promising material benefits, but defenders insisted the converts were individuals choosing to convert for spiritual reasons. Jenkins traces the origins of these opposing arguments to the 1930s and 1940s, when emerging human rights frameworks and early social scientific studies of religion posited an ideal convert: an individual making a purely spiritual choice. However, she observes that India's mass conversions did not adhere to this model and therefore sparked scrutiny of mass converts' individual agency and spiritual sincerity. Jenkins demonstrates that the preoccupation with converts' agency and sincerity has resulted in significant challenges to religious freedom. One is the proliferation of legislation limiting induced conversions. Another is the restriction of affirmative action rights of low caste people who choose to practice Islam or Christianity. Last, incendiary rumors are intentionally spread of women being converted to Islam via seduction. Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India illuminates the ways in which these tactics immobilize potential converts, reinforce damaging assumptions about women, lower castes, and religious minorities, and continue to restrict religious freedom in India today.

Women and Religion

Author : Elizabeth A. Clark
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 1996-11-20
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780060614096

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Book Women and Religion Description/Summary:

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of the most outstanding volume on women in Christianity A classic in the field of religious studies since its original publication in 1977, Women and Religion has remained the definitive and most compelling documentary history of the relationship between Christianity and half of its membership. This new edition—completely revised by the original editors, renowned historian Elizabeth A. Clark and theologian Herbert Richardson, with the assistance of Gary Brower and Randall Styers—includes fully updated introductions, newly available source material, and incisive contemporary analysis. An invaluable resource for exploring the progressive history of women and Christian thought.

When Islam Is Not a Religion

Author : Asma T Uddin
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2019-07-09
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781643131740

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Book When Islam Is Not a Religion Description/Summary:

American Muslim religious liberty lawyer Asma Uddin has long considered her work defending people of all faiths to be a calling more than a job. Yet even as she seeks equal protection for Evangelicals, Sikhs, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews, and Catholics alike, she has seen an ominous increase in attempts to criminalize Islam and exclude Muslim Americans from those protections.Somehow, the view that Muslims aren’t human enough for human rights or constitutional protections is moving from the fringe to the mainstream—along with the claim “Islam is not a religion.” This conceit is not just a threat to the First Amendment rights of American Muslims. It is a threat to the freedom of all Americans.Her new book reveals a significant but overlooked danger to our religious liberty. Woven throughout this national saga is Uddin’s own story and the stories of American Muslims and other people of faith who have faced tremendous indignities as they attempt to live and worship freely.Combining her experience of Islam as a religious truth and her legal and philosophical appreciation that all individuals have a right to religious liberty, Uddin examines the shifting tides of American culture and outlines a way forward for individuals and communities navigating today’s culture wars.

The Production of American Religious Freedom

Author : Finbarr Curtis
Publisher : NYU Press
Release : 2016-08-02
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781479843800

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Book The Production of American Religious Freedom Description/Summary:

Americans love religious freedom. Few agree, however, about what they mean by either “religion” or “freedom.” Rather than resolve these debates, Finbarr Curtis argues that there is no such thing as religious freedom. Lacking any consistent content, religious freedom is a shifting and malleable rhetoric employed for a variety of purposes. While Americans often think of freedom as the right to be left alone, the free exercise of religion works to produce, challenge, distribute, and regulate different forms of social power. The book traces shifts in the notion of religious freedom in America from The Second Great Awakening, to the fiction of Louisa May Alcott and the films of D.W. Griffith, through William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes Trial, and up to debates over the Tea Party to illuminate how Protestants have imagined individual and national forms of identity. A chapter on Al Smith considers how the first Catholic presidential nominee of a major party challenged Protestant views about the separation of church and state. Moving later in the twentieth century, the book analyzes Malcolm X’s more sweeping rejection of Christian freedom in favor of radical forms of revolutionary change. The final chapters examine how contemporary controversies over intelligent design and the claims of corporations to exercise religion are at the forefront of efforts to shift regulatory power away from the state and toward private institutions like families, churches, and corporations. The volume argues that religious freedom is produced within competing visions of governance in a self-governing nation.