REL 333

Asian Women and Religion

This course explores the roles of Asian women in regard to issues of equivalence, status, and goals in Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and indigenous Asian religions, such as Shinto and Bon. For each religion the course highlights some of the dominant roles and assesses if certain roles change through centuries. This exploration leads to an examination of the function of gender in religious traditional symbols, institutional roles, and personal searches in a comparative light. A variety of sources, which include primary sources, scholarly articles, biographies, and newspaper reports are used for this exploration.