Disability and Religious Diversity

Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives

Authors: Schumm, D., Stoltzfus, M.

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This collection of essays examines how diverse religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and chronic illness. Contributors employ a variety of methodological approaches including ethnography, historical, cultural, or textual analysis, personal narrative, and theological/philosophical investigation.

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Author Darla Schumm: Darla Schumm is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hollins University Author Michael J. Stoltzfus: Michael J. Stoltzfus is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University

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"As much as scholarship on religion and disability focuses on the diversity of human bodies and experiences, it must also be attentive to the wide variety of religious traditions that form and inform us. This work is an important step in recognizing and affirming the religious diversity of our global community, and as such is long overdue." - Deborah Creamer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Iliff School of Theology

"This text skillfully captures the moments of intersection between religion and disability and shares the resulting disconnect or synergy in an honest and compelling way. Narratives and inquiry combine to inform and encourage rich discussion and debate about the inclusion of people with disabilities, or lack thereof, in diverse religious traditions." - Kimberly Tanner, Director, Access Office, Valdosta State University

"For those in the academy, this text fills a significant gap in the area of religion and disability. While there is an increasing body of literature within Christianity and Judaism that deals with issues of disability, little has been written from the perspective of other religious traditions. This volume, then, represents a significant step in exploring the intersection between disability studies and particular religions and spiritual practices. Hopefully it will spark further, more systematic analyses of the positive and negative contributions each religion makes to disability studies and to the lives of persons who live with a disability." - Kathy Black, Claremont School of Theology


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • God’s Will? How Two Young Latina Catholic Women Negotiate a Hidden Disability Identity

    Pages 5-17

    Valeras, Aimee Burke

  • Whatever the Sacrifice: Illness and Authority in the Baha’i Faith

    Pages 19-45

    Gilman, Priscilla

  • Since Feathers Have Grown on My Body: Madness, Art, and Healing in Celtic Reconstructionist Spirituality

    Pages 47-69

    Laurie, Erynn Rowan

  • Disabled Rites? Ritual and Disability in Wicca

    Pages 75-90

    Pearson, Jo

  • A Secular Case for Religious Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    Pages 91-102

    McNair, Jeff (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disability and Religious Diversity
Book Subtitle
Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33948-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230339484
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11973-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29832-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 234
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