Post-Secular Feminist Research: The Concept of “Lived” Religion and Double Critique

In: Transformation of Religion
Sabine Grenz
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The frame of this article are post-secular conditions, in which dis- and re-enchantment happen simultaneously and are reflected also as political movements. Whereas scholars on religion, women and gender frequently request a deeper interest by secularist feminist scholars, the body of religion-critical literature concerned with populist antifeminist movements have so far not been taken up by religious-affirmative feminist scholars. However, these global political circumstances pose the question, how a closer connection between religion-critical and religion-affirmative research could look like. In this paper, I will engage with the feminist concept of “lived religion” and “agency” as well as the in/exclusion of voices of religious feminists. I will argue that we need to include a methodology of double critique and to include the voices of religious feminists in order to see the available religious options for women who decide to take part in gender restrictive lobbying.

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