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Women of the Wall: Navigating Religion in Sacred Sites

Yuval Jobani and Nahshon Perez


For more than twenty-five years, the Women of the Western Wall (WoW) have been leading a groundbreaking struggle, attempting to gain permission from Israeli authorities to pray according to their manner at Judaism’s holiest prayer site, the Western Wall. The WoW’s determined activism has gained widespread media coverage. This book is the first comprehensive academic study of their struggle, and it seeks to place it in a comparative and theoretical context. It explores various dimensions of the group’s struggle, including an analysis of the women’s attempts to modify Jewish Orthodox mainstream ... More

Keywords: Women of the Wall, Western Wall, disputed sacred space, sacred site, religion-state relations, religious minorities, religion in the public sphere, privatization, Jewish women, religious feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190280444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yuval Jobani, author
Associate Professor, Tel-Aviv University

Nahshon Perez, author
Assistant Professor, Bar-Ilan University