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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.

In: Transformation of Religion


In feminist research on religion, women and gender, the concepts of “lived religion” as well as “agency as doing religion” take a prominent place. Both include an intersubjective and mostly partial perspective. However, against the background of current developments concerning a global religious right, the paper argues for the inclusion of a critical perspective through the methodology of a double critique that includes both an analysis of power relations that marginalize women in religious groups and an analysis of women’s reproduction of gendered as well as racialized power relations. This argument is embedded in the complexity of post-secular feminist research including research on women, gender and religion, feminist critiques of secularism (and of anti-Muslim discourses), feminist, queer and trans theologies, and research on the religious right and their anti-feminist politics. The paper suggests to take feminist theologies and feminist spiritualities/religious practices as reference point for such an analysis.

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In: Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society
This volume presents different approaches to the concept of religion. Religion in modern societies is undergoing accelerated change. Traditional religious forms are dissolving and being overlaid with or replaced by new ones. This poses particular challenges for analyses of the current religious situation, which already presuppose an understanding of religion. But it is precisely this that is disputed in academic discourse about it. Against the background of this complex situation, this volume turns to the transformations of religion. It brings together inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to religion and its definition. In this way, it takes into account the fact that the transformations of religion can only be grasped by incorporating diverse methodological approaches.