Citizenship, Gender and Diversity

Religion, Gender and Citizenship

Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism

Authors: Nyhagen, Line, Halsaa, B.

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How do religious women talk about and practise citizenship? How is religion linked to gender and nationality? What are their views on gender equality, women's movements and feminism? Via interviews with Christian and Muslim women in Norway, Spain and the UK, this book explores intersections between religion, citizenship, gender and feminism.

About the authors

Line Nyhagen is Reader in Sociology at Loughborough University, UK. A sociologist and political scientist, she researches gender within historical and contemporary religious contexts focusing on Christianity and Islam, as well as feminism and ethnic relations within the contexts of social movements and public policy.

Beatrice Halsaa is Professor in Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo, Norway. A political scientist, she researches the institutionalization of gender equality politics in Norway, the history of women's and gender research, feminist utopias, as well as feminism and ethnic relations within the contexts of social movements and public policy.

Reviews

"Religious women are often ignored by feminist scholars or assumed to be 'oppressed', while feminism is often rejected by religious women as 'selfish' or against their religious values. This book issues a fascinating and incisive challenge to both views, based on interviews with Muslim and Christian women in Norway, Spain and the UK. The authors weave the stories of religious women and the extensive (but overlooked) scholarship on gender and religion into a compelling argument: that religious women's approaches to gender equality and to their own religions are diverse. Religion is one aspect of their 'multi-layered' identities and a resource in their individual and communal lives. Their support for 'gender equality' often relies upon an 'equal but different' approach rejected by secular feminists, but this does not mean they oppose feminist aims. The study presents an excellent opportunity for feminists to reflect on why faith and feminism are still operating in tension. Religious women may be marginalised within feminist or secular discourse, but they are active in the public sphere, expressing their 'lived religious citizenship' in ways that often challenge gender inequalities. This fine book calls for dialogue and alliances between religious and secular feminist scholars and activists based on shared values of love, respect and a commitment to intersectionality. This excellent book reveals the complexity of religious women's lives in Europe and challenges generalizations made about, as well as by, religious women." - Kristin Aune, Coventry University, UK
 
"This is a thoughtful and thought provoking empirical study of 'faithful' Christian and Muslim women in Norway, Spain and the UK and how they live their religion, gender and citizenship. Its findings are quietly persuasive in a field long dominated by polemics including the views that religion 'makes meaning', provides ways of being in the world (one foundational offering constant interpretations of the world and the other compartmentalized during times of need) and produces identities that are negotiated not only through religion, but nation, marriage, motherhood, family, education and employment. Finally, religious citizenship challenges us to move beyond the narrow rights based approaches." - Mervat Hatem, Howard University, USA

"I highly recommend this very interesting study, in which Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa examine whether and how religion is a resource and a barrier to women's citizenship through an exploration of how Christian and Muslim women in Europe live their faith in everyday life. This is not another study on Muslim women, but on Christian and Muslim living their faith, and how they relate to the same questions. This opens new perspectives, not least how the environment contributes in an essential way to how identity is shaped and expressed." - Lena Larsen, University of Oslo, Norway
 
"This is a fascinating comparative study of (Christian and Muslim) religious women in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. Placing women's voices at the centre of their exploration, the authors discuss whether and how religion is a resource and barrier to women's citizenship. The narrative of the book de-essentialises religious women by highlighting the complexities inherent in their multiple identities and how they live their faith in daily life. The book offers interesting and important insights into how religion, gender and citizenship are intertwined within the broader socio-economic and political issues of secular versus religious and minority versus majority populations." - Shaheen Sardar Ali, Warwick Law School, UK
 
"Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa have made a landmark contribution to a fast evolving and challenging domain of scholarship. Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism provides an indispensable overview of major debates and developments in this vibrant cross-disciplinary field. Theoretically, the authors astutely bring together the most salient insights from sociological, political, religious, gender, and cultural studies literatures. Empirically, they draw on rich interview data to deftly weave the voices of women from different Christian and Muslim traditions in Norway, Spain and the UK into a fascinating and nuanced account of religious women's perspectives on the role of religion in their lives. In doing so, Nyhagen and Halsaa demonstrate the merits and the necessity of putting the voices of diverse religious women at the center of analysis of the meanings and the practical, context-specific implications of lived religion in women's day-to-day lives. This book raises many questions for feminist scholarship and practice; it reveals the perceived limitations and contradictions of narrow, rights-based approaches to accommodating religion in multicultural societies and the need for deeper engagement with an ethics of care, love, tolerance and respect as central categories of analysis. It is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the relation between religion, citizenship and women's rights and equality in the 21st century." - Niamh Reilly, NUI Galway, Ireland
"Religious women are often ignored by feminist scholars or assumed to be 'oppressed', while feminism is often rejected by religious women as 'selfish' or against their religious values. This book issues a fascinating and incisive challenge to both views, based on interviews with Muslim and Christian women in Norway, Spain and the UK. The authors weave the stories of religious women and the extensive (but overlooked) scholarship on gender and religion into a compelling argument: that religious women's approaches to gender equality and to their own religions are diverse. Religion is one aspect of their 'multi-layered' identities and a resource in their individual and communal lives. Their support for 'gender equality' often relies upon an 'equal but different' approach rejected by secular feminists, but this does not mean they oppose feminist aims. The study presents an excellent opportunity for feminists to reflect on why faith and feminism are still operating in tension. Religious women may be marginalised within feminist or secular discourse, but they are active in the public sphere, expressing their 'lived religious citizenship' in ways that often challenge gender inequalities. This fine book calls for dialogue and alliances between religious and secular feminist scholars and activists based on shared values of love, respect and a commitment to intersectionality. This excellent book reveals the complexity of religious women's lives in Europe and challenges generalizations made about, as well as by, religious women." - Kristin Aune, Coventry University, UK

 

"This is a thoughtful and thought provoking empirical study of 'faithful' Christian and Muslim women in Norway, Spain and the UK and how they live their religion, gender and citizenship. Its findings are quietly persuasive in a field long dominated by polemics including the views that religion 'makes meaning', provides ways of being in the world (one foundational offering constant interpretations of the world and the other compartmentalized during times of need) and produces identities that are negotiated not only through religion, but nation, marriage, motherhood, family, education and employment. Finally, religious citizenship challenges us to move beyond the narrow rights based approaches." - Mervat Hatem, Howard University, USA

"I highly recommend this very interesting study, in which Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa examine whether and how religion is a resource and a barrier to women's citizenship through an exploration of how Christian and Muslim women in Europe live their faith in everyday life. This is not another study on Muslim women, but on Christian and Muslim living their faith, and how they relate to the same questions. This opens new perspectives, not least how the environment contributes in an essential way to how identity is shaped and expressed." - Lena Larsen, University of Oslo, Norway

 

"This is a fascinating comparative study of (Christian and Muslim) religious women in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. Placing women's voices at the centre of their exploration, the authors discuss whether and how religion is a resource and barrier to women's citizenship. The narrative of the book de-essentialises religious women by highlighting the complexities inherent in their multiple identities and how they live their faith in daily life. The book offers interesting and important insights into how religion, gender and citizenship are intertwined within the broader socio-economic and political issues of secular versus religious and minority versus majority populations." - Shaheen Sardar Ali, Warwick Law School, UK

 

"Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa have made a landmark contribution to a fast evolving and challenging domain of scholarship. Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism provides an indispensable overview of major debates and developments in this vibrant cross-disciplinary field. Theoretically, the authors astutely bring together the most salient insights from sociological, political, religious, gender, and cultural studies literatures. Empirically, they draw on rich interview data to deftly weave the voices of women from different Christian and Muslim traditions in Norway, Spain and the UK into a fascinating and nuanced account of religious women's perspectives on the role of religion in their lives. In doing so, Nyhagen and Halsaa demonstrate the merits and the necessity of putting the voices of diverse religious women at the center of analysis of the meanings and the practical, context-specific implications of lived religion in women's day-to-day lives. This book raises many questions for feminist scholarship and practice; it reveals the perceived limitations and contradictions of narrow, rights-based approaches to accommodating religion in multicultural societies and the need for deeper engagement with an ethics of care, love, tolerance and respect as central categories of analysis. It is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the relation between religion, citizenship and women's rights and equality in the 21st century." - Niamh Reilly, NUI Galway, Ireland

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Christian and Muslim Women in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom Talk about Faith, Citizenship, Gender and Feminism

    Nyhagen, Line (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

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  • Towards Lived Religion and Lived Citizenship: Binaries and Complexities in the Study of Religion, Gender, Feminism and Citizenship

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    Pages 30-69

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  • Religious Identities and Meaning-making

    Nyhagen, Line (et al.)

    Pages 70-113

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  • Religion and Citizenship as Lived Practice: Intersections of Faith, Gender, Participation and Belonging

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    Pages 114-152

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  • Religious Women and Gender Equality

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    Pages 153-185

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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion, Gender and Citizenship
Book Subtitle
Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism
Authors
Series Title
Citizenship, Gender and Diversity
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40534-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137405340
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40533-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 271
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