Special Issue "Buddhist Women's Religiosity: Contemporary Feminist Perspectives"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Much of the scholarship on women in Buddhist studies has justifiably and necessarily focused on monastic women, whether textually and historically (e.g., Anālayo, Collett, Heirman, Kawanami, Muldoon-Hules), or in the contemporary movement to re-establish women’s higher ordination in the Theravāda and Mūlasārvastivāda lineages (e.g., Anālayo, Morh and Roloff). A significant number of scholars in the field have also examined and helped further and nuance our collective critical understanding of the androcentric and misogynistic components of Buddhist texts (e.g., Gross, Ohnuma, Paul), and of women’s religious experience and practices (e.g., Banks Findly, Eberhardt, Falk Lindberg, Salgado).
However, if we aspire to provide a more balanced and complete picture of Buddhist women’s religious lives as social beings (as daughters, wives, mothers, nuns, workers, activists, and politicians), we need to examine with greater attention and depth the positive and affirming dimensions of women’s lived religious experiences outside of the monastic context. This Special Issue invites articles that use a feminist approach, broadly construed, to expand and provide an emphasis on women outside of the traditional monastic context and examine how women, in any Buddhist community, have lived, and continue to live, their Buddhist faith through a wide range of activities, practices and places throughout time and in the contemporary world.
References:Anālayo. 2013. The Legality of Bhikkhunī Ordination. Journal of Buddhist Ethics 20: 310-32.
Anālayo. 2016. The Foundation History of the Nuns’ Order. Hamburg Buddhist Studies Series 6. Project Verlag.
Banks Findly, Ellison. 2003. Dana: Giving and Getting in Pali Buddhism. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.
Collett, Alice. 2016. Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biography as History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Eberhardt , Nancy. 2006. Imagining the Course of Life: Self-Transformation in a Shan Buddhist Community. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Falk, Monica Lindberg. 2007. Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
Gross, Rita. 1993. Buddhism after Patriarch: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism. Albany: SUNY Press.
Heirman, Ann. 2011. Buddhist Nuns Past and Present. Numen 58: 603-31.
Heirman, Ann. 2015. Rules for Nuns According to the Dharmaguptakavinaya. Motilal.
Kawanami, Hiroko. 2013. Renunciation and Empowerment of Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar-Burma: Building A Community of Female Faithful. Leiden: Brill.
Mohr, Thea, and Carola Roloff. 2014. Dignity and Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns. Somerville: Wisdom Publications.
Muldoon-Hules, Karen. 2017. Brides of the Buddha: Nuns' Stories from the Avadanasataka. Lanham: Lexington Books.
Ohnuma, Reiko. 2013. Ties that Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Salgado, Nirmala. 2013. Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dr. Pascale F. Engelmajer
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