Am having to face some very difficult questions in class these days on gender equality and religion. What is ‘religious doctrine’ and cultural practice is fuzzy at the edges, particularly since relativism and subjectivity has found its way into almost all but the most cloistered of religious institutions, radically changing the way “religion” is conceived in rapidly evolving cultures.
I’m a big fan of studying similar spiritual traditions among Abrahamic religions (Chronologically: Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and am in the midst of reading up more on women in Islam. Please feel free to direct me to any good links on the concept of femininity understood through religious tradition or scriptural texts.
Here’s a primer on women in Islam passed to me by Ms Suzie.