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Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities

Female Leaders in New Religious Movements

Editors: Bårdsen Tøllefsen, Inga, Giudice, Christian (Eds.)

  • Includes a global scope of female leaders, both well known and less familiar
  • Pays close attention to the social and historical context of the subjects discussed
  • Fills the void of scholarship on female (or male-female joint) leadership in new religions
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In this book, historians of religion and gender studies explore the biographies of a number of female leaders, and the factors within their groups and cultural contexts that support these women’s religious leadership. New Religious Movements have been supportive of women taking roles of leadership for a long time.  Authors of this book examine issues of gender and female leadership from diverse theoretical and methodological standpoints. The book covers a broad range of groups both with regard to time and place, covering Paganism, Hindu guru groups, Christian organizations, esoteric/ mystical movements, African churches, and a Japanese NRM.  The common focal point is the powerful, prophetic, charismatic women who have founded and/ or led New Religious Movements.

About the authors

Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She has published several articles/book chapters on gender, NRMs, and the new age movement. She has co-edited anthologies such as Nordic New Religions (2015) and, The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements (2016).

Christian Giudice is a scholar of Western esotericism and New Religious Movements at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has published several articles and book chapters on the history of Occultism and New Religious Movements and has also focused his research within the field of Traditionalism and Occultism. He is the editor of the newsletter for the European Society for the Study of Western esotericism and chair of the network WEAVE: Western Esotericism and the Visual Arts.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Female Leaders in New Religious Movements

    Bårdsen Tøllefsen, Inga (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Women and NRMs: Location and Identity

    Coltri, Marzia A.

    Pages 11-28

  • God’s Messenger: Ellen G. White

    Vance, Laura L.

    Pages 29-49

  • Elizabeth Clare Prophet: Gender, Sexuality, and the Divine Feminine

    Erin Prophet

    Pages 51-77

  • ‘Where There is True Love, Anything is Effortless’: Mata Amritanandamayi: Divine Mother and Religious Entrepreneur

    Bårdsen Tøllefsen, Inga

    Pages 79-98

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61527-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61526-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Female Leaders in New Religious Movements
Editors
  • Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen
  • Christian Giudice
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61527-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61527-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61526-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 290
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
Topics