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Indicative Bibliography for Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Religion, Gender and Sexuality, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Jonathon O'Donnell
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: Introduction to Module and Overview

Seminar readings:

Further reading:

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Week 2: Postcolonial and decolonial studies

Seminar readings:

  • Morny Joy (2004). “Postcolonial and Gendered Reflections”, in U. King and T. Beattie (eds.), Gender, Religion and Diversity, 28-39. London: Continuum  
  • Kwok, Pui-Lan (2002): ‘Unbinding our Feet: saving brown women and feminist religious discourse’. In Laura E. Donaldson and Kwok Pui-lan (eds): Postcolonialism, feminism and religious discourse. New York and London: Routledge. Chapter 2.    

Further readings: 

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Week 3: Men and Masculinities

Seminar readings:

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Week 4: LGBT and Queer Studies

Seminar readings:

  • Melissa Wilcox, ‘Queer Theory and the Study of Religion’, in Donald L. Boisvert and Jay Emerson Johnson, eds., Queer religion ISBN: 9780313353581; 9780313353598 (ebook); 031335359x (ebook), volume 2: LGBT Movements and Queering Religion. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger 2012, pp. 227-253     
  • Gabeba Baderoon, ‘“I Compose Myself”: Lesbian Muslim Autobiographies and the Craft of Self-Writing in South Africa’, Journal of the American Academy of Religion. ISSN: 0002-7189 83:4 (2015), 897-915.  

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Week 5: Gender, Religion and Nationalism

 Seminar Readings:

  • Tarini Bedi (2006) Feminist Theory and the Right-Wing: Shiv Sena Women Mobilize. Journal of International Women's Studies 7(4): 51-68  
  • Nishant Upadhyay (2020) Hindu Nation and Its Queers: Caste, Islamophobia, and De/Coloniality in India. Interventions 22(4): 464–480.  

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Week 6: Gender, Religion and Development

 Seminar readings

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Week 7: Religion, Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding

 Seminar readings

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Week 8: Religion and Sex Work Activism

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Week 9: Religion and Transgender Identities


  • Jakob Hero, ‘Towards a Queer Theology of Flourishing: Transsexual Embodiment, Subjectivity, and Moral Agency’ in Donald L. Boisvert and Jay Emerson Johnson, eds., Queer religion , volume 2: LGBT Movements and Queering Religion. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger 2012, pp. 143-166.     
  • Jennifer Ung Loh, ‘Divine Imaginaries and Transgender Subjects’, in Sîan Melvill Hawthorne, ed, Gender : god (Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2017), 143-158. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 04/01/2018)     

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Week 10:  Religion and LGBT/Queer Activism in Africa


Seminar reading:

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General – feminism, gender and religion

Some introductory texts:

Further readings:

Anderson, Pamela Sue 1998: A feminist philosophy of religion : the rationality and myths of religious belief. Oxford: Blackwell.

Auga, Ulrike. 2020. An Epistemology of Religion and Gender: Biopolitics, Performativity and Agency. London and New York: Routledge.

Carroll, Theodora Foster 1983: Women, religion, and development in the Third World. New York Eastbourne: Praeger.

Cooey, Paula M., William R. Eakin, Jay B. McDaniel (eds) 1998: After patriarchy: feminist transformations of the world religions. Oxford, Mass: Blackwell.

Daly, Mary 1973: Beyond God the Father : towards a philosophy of women's liberation

Eck, Diana L. and Devaki Jain (eds) 1986: Speaking of faith : cross-cultural perspectives on women, religion and social change. London: Women's Press.

Goldenberg, Naomi R. 1979: Changing of the gods : feminism and the end of traditional religions. Boston, Mass: Beacon Press.

Gross, Rita M. (ed.)1977: Beyond androcentrism : new essays on women and religion Missoula, Mont: Scholars Press for the American Academy of Religion,

Holme, Jean and John Bowker (eds) 1994: Women in Religion. Pinter.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck and Ellison Banks Findly (eds) 1985: Women, religion, and social change Albany: State University of New York Press.

Holden, Pat (ed.) 1983: Women's religious experience. London: Croom Helm.

Jantzen, Grace 1998: Becoming divine : towards a feminist philosophy of religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Joy, Morny et al ed. 2002: French feminists on religion

King, Ursula 1987: Women in the world's religions, past and present. New York: Paragon House.

King, Ursula 1993: Women and spirituality: voices of protest and promise. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

King, Ursula (ed.) 1995: Religion and gender Oxford: Blackwell.

Joseph, Alison 1990: Through the devil's gateway : women, religion and taboo London: SPCK in association with Channel Four Television.

Knott, Kim 1994: Women and religion in post-war Britain. In Parsons, G. (ed) The growth of religious diversity : Britain from 1945, vol. II. London: Routledge.

Manning, Christel 1999: God gave us the right : conservative Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and Orthodox Jewish women grapple with feminism New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Pui-Lan, Kwok and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (eds) 1998: Women's sacred scriptures. London: SCM Press.

Sharma, Arvind (ed.) 1987: Religion and women. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Sharma, Arvind (ed.) 1994: Women in world religions. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Sharma, Arvind (ed.) 1994: Today's woman in world religions Albany: State University of New York Press.

Walker, Alice 1984: In search of our mothers' gardens : womanist prose London: The Women’s Press.

Young, Serenity (ed) 1999: Encyclopedia of women and world religion New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Young, Serenity (ed) 1993: An anthology of sacred texts by and about women London: Pandora.

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Althaus-Reid, Marcella 2004: From feminist theology to indecent theology : readings on poverty, sexual identity and God

Aquino, M.P. D. L. Muchado and J. Rodriguez, eds. 2002: A reader in Latina feminist theology : religion and justice

Armour, Ellen T. 1999: Deconstruction, feminist theology, and the problem of difference : subverting the race/gender divide

Beattie, Tina 2006: New Catholic feminism : theology and theory

Cannon, Katie 1988: Black womanist ethics

Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schüssler 1992: But She said : feminist practices of biblical interpretation

Fiorenza 1993: In memory of her : a feminist theological reconstruction of Christian origins

Grant, Jacquelyn 1989: White women's Christ and black women's Jesus : feminist christology and womanist response (Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press)

Hampson, Daphne 1996: After Christianity

Hogan, Linda 1995: From women's experience to feminist theology

Isherwood, Lisa 2001: Introducing feminist christologies

Parsons, Susan F. 2002: The ethics of gender

Parsons, Susan F. ed. 2000: Challenging women's orthodoxies in the context of faith

Ruether, Rosemary Radford 1983: Sexism and God-talk

Ruether, Rosemary Radford 1988: Women-church : theology and practice of feminist liturgical communities

Sawyer, Deborah F. and D. M. Collier, eds. 1999: Is there a future for feminist theology?

Schroer, S. and S. Bietenhard, eds. 2003: Feminist interpretation of the Bible and the hermeneutics of liberation

Schumacher, M.M. ed. 2004: Women in Christ : toward a new feminism

Thistlethwaite, Susan 1989: Sex, race and God : Christian feminism in black and white

Vuola, Elina 2002: Limits of liberation : praxis as method in Latin American liberation theology and feminist theology

Williams, Delores S. 1993 Sisters in the wilderness : the challenge of womanist God-talk Maryknoll: Orbis.

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Alpert, Rebecca 1997: Like bread on the seder plate : Jewish lesbians and the transformation of tradition. New York: Columbia University Press.

Aschkenasy, Nehama 1994: Eve's journey : feminine images in Hebraic literary tradition Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Bar-Ilan, Meir 1998: Some Jewish women in antiquity Atlanta, Ga: Scholars Press.

Baskin, Judith R. (ed) 1998: Jewish women in historical perspective Detroit, Mich: Wayne State University Press.

Bird, Phyllis A. Phyllis Ann 1997: Missing persons and mistaken identities : women and gender in ancient Israel. Minneapolis, Minn: Fortress Press.

Cantor, Aviva 1995: Jewish women / Jewish men : the legacy of patriarchy in Jewish life New York: HarperSanFrancisco.

Cohen, Aryeh 1998: Rereading Talmud : gender, law, and the poetics of sugyot Atlanta, Ga: Scholars Press.

Davidman, Lynn & Shelly Tenenbaum (eds) 1994: Feminist perspectives on Jewish studies. New Haven London: Yale University Press.

Greenberg, Blu 1981: On women & Judaism : a view from tradition Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America.

Heschel, Susannah 1995: On being a Jewish feminist New York: Schocken Books.

‘Current Issues in Jewish Feminist Theology’, Christian Jewish relations. 19:2.

Hyman, Paula E. and Deborah Dash Moore (eds) 1997 : Jewish women in America : an historical encyclopedia New York, London: Routledge.

Jackson,Glenna (1998) ‘Jesus as a First-Century Feminist: Christian anti-Judaism? ’ Feminist theology 7: 85 pp. 85-98

Jewish Women in London Group 1989: Generations of memories : voices of Jewish women London: Women's Press.

von Kellenbach, K (1994) Anti-Judaism in feminist religious writings, Atlanta: Scholars Press

Levitt, Laura 1997: Jews and feminism : the ambivalent search for home New York London: Routledge.

Litchfield, Sara (2010) ‘Feminist Theology and the Holocaust’, Feminist theology, 18:3 pp.332-340

Matthews, Victor H., Bernard M. Levinson and Tikva Frymer-Kensky (eds) 1998: Gender and law in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Neusner, Jacob, 1998: How the rabbis liberated women Atlanta, Ga: Scholars Press.

Peskowitz, M and Levitt, L (eds) (1997) Judaism since gender, London: Routledge

Plaskow, Judith 1991 : Standing again at Sinai : Judaism from a feminist perspective. New York: HarperSanFrancisco.

Raphael, M (2003) The female face of God in Auschwitz : a Jewish feminist theology of the Holocaust, London: Routledge

Rudavsky. T.M. (ed) 1995: Gender and Judaism : the transformation of tradition. New York London: New York University Press.

Schmool, Marlena 1994: Women in the Jewish community : survey report. London: Women in the Community.

Sered, Susan Starr 1992: Women as ritual experts : the religious lives of elderly Jewish women in Jerusalem. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Umansky, E. 1984: Creating a Jewish Feminist Theology: possibilities and problems. Anima. 10: 1.

Umansky, Ellen M. and Dianne Ashton (eds) 1992: Four centuries of Jewish women's spirituality : a sourcebook. Boston: Beacon.

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Ahmed, Leila 1992: Women and gender in Islam : historical roots of a modern debate. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Awde, Nicoloas (ed) 1998: Women in Islam : an anthology from the Quran and Hadith Richmond, Surrey: Curzon.

Bodman, Herbert L. and Nayereh Tohidi (eds) 1998: Women in Muslim societies : diversity within unity. Boulder, Colo. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Cooke, Miriam 2002: ‘Multiple Critiques: Islamic Feminist Rhetorical Strategies’ .In Laura E. Donaldson and Kwok Pui-lan (eds) 2002: Postcolonialism, feminism and religious discourse. Routledge: NewYork and London. Chapter 6.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck and John L. Esposito (eds) 1998: Islam, gender, & social change. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jawad, H. A. Haifaa A. 1998: The rights of women in Islam : an authentic approach. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Mernissi, Fatima 1975: Beyond the veil: male-female dynamics in modern Muslim society. Cambridge, Mass: Schenkman Pub. Co. New York.

Mernissi, Fatima, 1991: Women and Islam : an historical and theological enquiry. Oxford: Blackwell.

Mernissi, Fatima 1996: Women's rebellion & Islamic memory. Atlantic Highlands. N.J: Zed Books.

Mir-Hosseini, Ziba 1993: Marriage on trial : a study of Islamic family law : Iran and Morocco compared. London: Tauris.

Mir-Hosseini, Ziba 1999: Islam and gender: the religious debate in contemporary Iran. Princeton, N.J. Chichester: Princeton University Press.

Roald, Anne Sofie 2001: Women in Islam : the Western experience. London: Routledge

Roded, Ruth (ed) 1999 : Women in Islam and the Middle East: a reader. London: I.B.Tauris.

Yamani, Mai (ed) 1996: Feminism and Islam : legal and literary perspectives. Reading: Ithaca Press for Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Asian Religious Traditions

Bacchetta, Paola 1993: All Our Goddesses Are Armed: Religion, Resistance, and Revenge in the Life of a Militant Hindu Nationalist Woman. Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol. 25, 1993.

Boucher, Sandy 1993: Turning the wheel : American women creating the new Buddhism. Boston: Beacon Press.

Coburn, Thomas B. 1984: Dev+ -m h tmya : the crystallization of the goddess tradition. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

Vidya Dehejia 1999 Devi, the great goddess : female divinity in South Asian art Munich London: Prestel.

Erndl, Kathleen M. 1993: Victory to the mother : the Hindu goddess of northwest India in myth, ritual, and symbol. New York Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gross, Rita M. 1993: Buddhism after patriarchy : a feminist history, analysis, and reconstruction of Buddhism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Gross, Rita M. 1996: Buddhism and Feminism: toward their mutual transformation. The eastern Buddhist., New Series, XIX: I.

Hawley, 1994: Sati, the blessing and the curse : the burning of wives in India. New Yrk, Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Kabilsingh, Chatsumarn 1991: Thai women in Buddhism Berkeley, Calif: Parallax Press.

Kinsley, David R. David Robert 1975: The sword and the flute : K l+ and Krsna, dark visions of the terrible and the sublime in Hindu mythology Berkeley London: University of California Press.

Kinsley, David R. David Robert 1986: Hindu goddesses : visions of the divine feminine in the Hindu religious tradition Berkeley London: University of California Press.

Kinsley, David R. 1989 : The goddesses' mirror : visions of the divine from East and West Albany: State University of New York Press.

Leslie, Julia 1989: The perfect wife : the orthodox Hindu woman according to the Str+ dharmapaddhati of Tryambakayajvan Delhi, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Leslie, Julia (ed) 1991: Roles and rituals for Hindu women. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Mani, Lata 1998: Contentious Traditions, The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. Berkeley London: University of California Press.

Mitter, Sara S. 1991: Dharma's daughters : contemporary Indian women and Hindu culture. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Mookerjee, Ajit 1988: Kali : the feminine force. London: Thames and Hudson.

Pancholi, Nirmala 1993: The role and contribution of women in the Hindu Swaminarayan sampradaya, with particular reference to the Akshar Purushottam Sanstha. [Leeds].

Pintchman, Tracy 1994: The rise of the Goddess in the Hindu tradition. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Sen, Mala Death by fire : sati, dowry death and female infanticide in modern India (2001)

Sharma, Arvind 1988: Sati : historical and phenomenological essays. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

Shaw, Miranda Eberle 1994: Passionate enlightenment: women in Tantric Buddhism. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.

Singh, Nikky-Guninder Kaur 1993: The feminine principle in the Sikh vision of the transcendent. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tewari, Laxmi G. 1991: A splendor of worship : women's fasts, rituals, stories and art. Walpole, Mass: Riverdale.

Tharu, Susie and K. Lalita (eds) 1993: Women writing in India : 600 B.C. to the present. Vol. 1 London: Pandora.

Wilkinson, Sandra Margaret 1994: Young British Hindu women's interpretations of the images of womanhood in Hinduism. [Leeds].

Willis, J 1990: Questions that won’t go away: a dialogue about women in Buddhism and Christianity. Journal of feminist studies in religion. 6: 2.

Willis, Janice D 1995 : Feminine ground : essays on women and Tibet. Ithaca, N.Y: Snow Lion.

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‘New Spiritualities’

Bancroft, Anne 1989: Weavers of wisdom : women of the twentieth century. London: Arkana.

Brown, Karen McCarthy 1991: Mama Lola: a vodou priestess in Brooklyn. Berkeley Oxford: University of California Press.

Billington, Sandra and Miranda Green (eds) 1998: The concept of the goddess. London: Routledge.

Christ, Carol P. and Judith Plaskow (eds) 1979: Womanspirit rising : a feminist reader in religion. San Francisco London: Harper & Row.

Christ, Carol P. 1995: Diving deep and surfacing : women writers on spiritual quest. Boston: Beacon Press.

Christ, Carol P. 1987: Laughter of Aphrodite : reflections on a journey to the goddess New York: Harper & Row.

Christ, Carol P. 1997: Rebirth of the goddess : finding meaning in feminist spirituality New York: Routledge.

Davidson, Hilda Ellis 1998: Roles of the northern goddess London, New York: Routledge.

Eilberg-Schwartz, H 1989: Witches of the West: Neopaganism and goddess worship as enlightenment religions. Journal of feminist studies in religion. 5:1.

Gimbutas, Marija 1982: The goddesses and gods of Old Europe, 6500-3500 BC, myths and cult images. London: Thames and Hudson.

Long, A 1992: The One and the Many: the great goddess revisited. Feminist theology. 15. pp. 13-29.

Palmer, Susan Jean 1994: Moon sisters, Krishna mothers, Rajneesh lovers : women's roles in new religions. New York: Syracuse University Press.

Reuther, Rosemary Radford 1989:Sexism and God language. In Judith Plaskow and Carol P. Christ (eds) Weaving the visions : new patterns in feminist spirituality.pp.151-162

Sered, Susan Starr 1994: Priestess, mother, sacred sister : religions dominated by women. New York: Oxford University Press.

Spretnak, Charlene 1982: The politics of women's spirituality : essays by founding mothers of the movement. New York: Anchor.

Stone, Merlin 1976 : The Paradise papers : the suppression of women's rites. London: Virago: Quartet Books.

Starhawk 1989: The spiral dance : a rebirth of the ancient religion of the great Goddess. New York London: Harper & Row.

Starhawk 1990: Truth or dare : encounters with power, authority, and mystery. San Francisco London: Harper & Row.

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Religious Fundamentalisms and Women

Brasher B.E. 1998: Godly women : fundamentalism and female power. Rutgers University Press.

Brink, Judy and Joan Mencher 1997: Mixed blessings : gender and religious fundamentalism cross culturally. New York: Routledge.

Gerami, Shahin 1996: Women and fundamentalism : Islam and Christianity. New York London: Garland Pub.

Hawley, John Stratton (ed.) 1994: Fundamentalism and gender. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Howland, Courtney W. 1999: Religious fundamentalisms and the human rights of women. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Sahgal, Gita and Nira Yuval-Davis 1992: Refusing holy orders : women and fundamentalism in Britain. London: Virago.

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Gender, Religion and Development

Bayes, Jane H. and Nayereh Tohidi 2001: Globalization, gender and religion : the politics of women's rights in Catholic and Muslim contexts. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Bradley, Tamsin 2006: Challenging the NGOs : women, religion and western dialogues in India. IB Taurus.

Huang, Chien-Yu Julia and Robert P. Weller 1998: Merit and Mothering: Women and Social Welfare in Taiwanese Buddhism The journal of Asian studies, Vol. 57, No. pp. 379-396

Jackson, Cecille and Ruth Pearson 1998: ‘Introduction: Interrogating Development. Feminism, Gender and Policy’. In Jackson, Cecille and Ruth Pearson (eds.) Feminist visions of development : gender analysis and policy. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 1-16.

Pearson, R. and Tomalin, E. (2007) ‘Intelligent Design: a Gender Sensitive Interrogation of Religion and Development’. In Clarke, Jennings and Shaw (eds) Development, civil society and faith-based organisations : bridging the sacred and the secular (Basingstoke: Palgrave) pp. 46-71

Satha-Anand, S. 1999: Looking to Buddhism to Turn Back Prostitution in Thailand. Bauer, J. R. and Bell, D. A., editors, The East Asian challenge for human rights.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 193-211.

Tomalin, E. 2006: The Thai Bhikkhuni Movement and Women’s Empowerment. Gender and development 14(3): 385-397.

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Gender, Sexualities and Sacred Texts

  • Deborah W. Rooke. 2007. ‘Feminist Criticism of the Old Testament: Why Bother?’ Feminist theology. , 15:2, pp. 160-174.

  • Ken Stone, ‘The Garden of Eden and the Heterosexual Contract’, in Take back the Word : a queer reading of the Bible , edited by Robert E. Goss and Mona West, 57-70. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press .     OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 29/01/2019) 

Further optional readings (in the library), giving earlier background on feminist re-readings of scripture, including:

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Gender, Sexualities and Institutional Change

Additional reading:

This list was last updated on 01/02/2021