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.
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.
Table of contents
The Genesis of This Book and Acknowledgments List of Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors
Everyday Life and the Sacred: Gender Sensitive Explorations—Introduction Angela Berlis and Anne-Marie Korte
Part 1: Categories
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
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
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
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
Bibliography 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.