Everyday Life and the Sacred

Re/configuring Gender Studies in Religion


An interdisciplinary gender-sensitive approach toward perspectives on the everyday and the sacred are the hallmark of this volume. Looking beyond the dualistic status-quo, the authors probe the categories, textures, powers, and practices that define how we experience, embody, and understand religion and the sacred, their interconnection, but also disassociation with the secular.

Contributions by an international group of feminist theologians and religious studies scholars aim to re-configure the study of both religion and gender: Angela Berlis, Anne-Marie Korte, Kune Biezeveld †, Helga Kuhlmann, Maaike de Haardt, Akke van der Kooi, Dorothea Erbele-Küster, Willien van Wieringen, Magda Misset-van de Weg, Gé Speelman, Mathilde van Dijk, Jacqueline Borsje, Hedwig Meyer-Wilmes, Goedroen Juchtmans, Alma Lanser and Riet Bons-Storm.

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Angela Berlis is Professor of the History of Old Catholicism and General Church History at the Departement für Christkatholische Theologie and Co-director of the Competence Centre for Liturgy of the Theological Faculty at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Anne-Marie Korte is Professor of Religion and Gender at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She is President of the International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG) and editor in chief of Religion and Gender.

Kune Biezeveld (1948-2008) was Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Professor of Women’s Studies in Theology at the Protestant Theological University, Leiden, The Netherlands.
"[T]he volume is abundant and rich in the variety of disciplines, methods, religions, contexts, and approaches it engages and contributes to. Especially notable here is the spectrum of theological scholarship it engages. (...) While there remain still more avenues to be opened and explored, Everyday Life and the Sacred travels down paths previously unexplored, discovering and traversing untrodden intersections, and is thus a rich and helpful addition to scholars and students." - Brandy Daniels, University of Virginia, in: Reading Religion, June 26, 2018 (link visited on September 10, 2019)
The Genesis of This Book and Acknowledgments
List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors

1 Everyday Life and the Sacred: Gender Sensitive Explorations—Introduction
Angela Berlis and Anne-Marie Korte

Part 1: Categories

2 God in Everyday Life
Kune Biezeveld†
3 The Hope to Become Holy: Bringing Holiness and Everyday Life Together
Helga Kuhlmann
4 A Momentary Sacred Space: Religion, Gender and the Sacred in Everyday Life
Maaike de Haardt
5 Time, Gender, the Sacred, and Everyday Life
Akke van der Kooi

Part 2: Textures

6 Menstruation and the Sacred in (Post) Biblical Discourse
Dorothea Erbele-Küster
7 Holy Wit: A Good Laugh with Samson (Judges 13–16)
Willien van Wieringen
8 Hats, Heads and Holiness in 1 Corinthians
Magda Misset-van de Weg
9 Hijab: The Female Body as Boundary
Gé Speelman

Part 3: Powers

10 The Power of Place: Port-Royal, a Wounded Place Transfigured
Angela Berlis
11 Power of Communities: The Daily Practice of Holiness by the Sisters of the Common Life at Deventer
Mathilde van Dijk
12 The Power of Words: Sacred and Forbidden Love Magic in Medieval Ireland
Jacqueline Borsje
13 The Power of the Voice: Stabat Mater in Music and Text
Hedwig Meyer-Wilmes

Part 4:

14 Women as Ritual Experts in Sacralising Everyday Home Life
Goedroen Juchtmans
15 Peace Women: Traces of the Holy/ the Sacred in the Midst of Injustice and Violence
Riet Bons-Storm
16 Music as a Bridge: Young Women in Migrant Churches in Amsterdam
Alma Lanser
17 Signs from Heaven: Figuring the Sacred in Contemporary Miracle Stories
Anne-Marie Korte
Homemade Holiness: Re/Configuring Gender Studies in Religion Epilogue
Anne-Marie Korte

Index of Authors
Index of Sources
Index of Subjects
All interested in Gender Studies in Theology and Religious Studies, concerned with the relationship between everyday life and the sacred.
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