Across all societies where religiosity has been measured, more women than men are religious (see here). Yet, women remain curiously absent from much of public religion. Understanding of religion in the public sphere is highly skewed toward male perspectives. We seek to correct this imbalance through a social science-led paradigm shift that aims to make public religion more gender inclusive. “Turning the Tables on Gender and Religion” will offer a new positive vision and practice for public religion by bringing women to the existing table of discussions around issues of ongoing importance to traditional public religion, such as religion and politics, and involve men in a broader range of discussions about gender.
Over the course of the project, we will create a new arm of the RPLP devoted to gender and religion. Other outputs include: the creation of a fellowship program committed to the pursuit of new scholarship on religion and gender; an edited volume; two teaching modules; several large public events; and a podcast series. RPLP director Elaine Howard Ecklund will lead this initiative with Pamela Prickett of University of Amsterdam.
This project is funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
This research, conducted by sociologist Pamela Prickett, a former RPLP postdoctoral fellow, draws on her five years of ethnographic fieldwork in an African-American Muslim community in Los Angeles. In an article based on the research, she analyzes how African-American Muslim women use the mosque as a physical space to enact public performances of religious identity.
Negotiating Gendered Religious Space
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