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Reading Group (II): Gender and Everyday Life in Contemporary Religion

6th June, 2018 @ 13:00 - 14:00

Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0UB


The second Reading Group on 'Gender and Everyday Life in Contemporary Religion' will take place between 1-2pm on 6 June 2018 at the Woolf Institute. (For details of the first Reading Group, see here.)

This Reading Group will be presented by Lea Taragin-Zeller. The texts for discussion are as follows:

Over the past thirty years, the field of gender and religion has transformed from an almost invisible category to a vibrant, nuanced and flourishing field of study (Abu-Lughod, 1986, 1998; Avishai, 2008; Davidman, 1991; El-Or, 2010; Fader, 2009; Fishman, 2008; Griffith, 1997; Mahmood, 2005; Stadler, 2009). Inspired by pioneer works such as Saba Mahmood (2005), Marie Griffith (1997) and Lila Abu-Lughod (1986, 1998), the works that followed, examined the emergence of creative readings of traditional texts (Sonbol, 2015; Stadler, 2009; Taragin-Zeller, 2014), the growing models of female literacy, leadership and clergy (Avishai, 2008; El-Or, 2010; Hammer, 2012) as well as ritual practices (Koren, 2006; Ochs, 2007), legal issues in marriage and divorce (Joffe & Neil, 2012; Mir-Hosseini, 2013), and historical re-readings of women's literary (Umansky & Ashton, 2008).

Now that the field has been established, various critiques of this theoretical framework have emerged (e.g. Schielke, 2015; Sehlikoglu, 2016). This term, we will reread some of the 'watershed moments' in the study of gender and religion as we address some of the following questions:

We will explore these questions during the two brown bag lunchtime reading groups and a special research seminar focused on these issues.

How to book

For further information, including details of the texts, please contact Lea Taragin-Zeller at

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