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Gods in AmericaReligious Pluralism in the United States$
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Charles L. Cohen and Ronald L. Numbers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931903.001.0001

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The Impact of Religious Pluralism on American Women

The Impact of Religious Pluralism on American Women

(p.251) Chapter 10 The Impact of Religious Pluralism on American Women
Gods in America

R. Marie Griffith

Oxford University Press

The literature investigating the impact of religious pluralism on American women is scanty, and any projected conclusions are at this point partial and preliminary. The evidence does show that encounters between women across religious boundaries have often resulted in profound disagreements that are explicitly grounded in gender norms and values, witness disputes between Catholic and Protestant women as well as between Muslim and Christian women over how each tradition treats them. American women have consistently used gender as a critical gauge for assessing religious traditions other than their own, as well as for articulating both the virtues and the vices of the religious communities to which they themselves belong. But if women's critiques of “other” religions have often rested on gendered grounds, so too have the models of cross-religious cooperation that appear in contemporary feminist accounts of women and pluralism.

Keywords:   women, gender, Asian religions in America, Catholic Church, women in Islam, African-American women, Christianity and Islam

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