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The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality

Edited by: Stephen J. Hunt , Andrew K. T. Yip

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409409496
eBook ISBN: 9781315612836
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043843

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The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality provides academics and students with a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of current research in the area of sexuality and religion, broadly defined. This collection of expert essays offers an inter-disciplinary study of the important aspects of sexuality and religion, calling upon sociological, cultural, historical and theological contributions to an under-researched subject. The Companion focuses on the exploration of diverse religious faiths, spiritualities, and sexualities with contributions that embrace many contrasting approaches related to the contemporary context. By adopting a truly inter-disciplinary and multi-dimensional perspective, the Companion embraces the complexities of both sexuality and religion. Aimed primarily at a readership with specialist interest in both, The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality offers an innovative and refreshing analysis of key theoretical and empirical issues in an increasingly relevant and expanding area of academic interest. The Companion comprises five main thematic sections, each with chapters ranging across a variety of crucial topics traversing various faith traditions. The principal themes are: epistemological and methodological issues; the significance of religious text; institutional religious settings; stability transformation and change; contesting hegemonic structures and discourses. Each section includes four chapters contributed by leading international experts in their respective fields and who are at the cutting-edge of current research. Collectively, they offer an inter-disciplinary and comprehensive survey of sexuality and religion.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  To Know in the Biblical Sense? Abrahamic Religious Epistemologies of Sexuality and Gender Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Feminist Critique of Sexuality and Religion Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Queer Theory, Sexuality and Religion Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Looking ‘In’ from the ‘Outside’: The Methodological Challenges of Researching Minority Ethnic Gay Men and Lesbian Women Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Reading about Sex in the Bible: Coping with Ambiguities Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Competing Identities: Uniformity versus Diversity in the Roman Catholic Priesthood Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Textual Queerings: Contesting Islam as Heteronormative Inheritance Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Menstruation, Sexuality and Spirituality in Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Virginity in a Multidimensional Perspective: Negotiating Pre-Marital Sex in Dakar Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Probing the Boundaries: How Religion and Sexuality are Negotiated within Islamic Educational Institutions Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Separating Church and God: An Exploration of Gay Clergymen’s Negotiations with Institutional Church Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Bisexuality and Christianity: Negotiating Disparate Identities in Church Life Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Contextualising Sexuality and Religiosity in Contemporary Social Changes Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Queer Case of Hinduism: Religious Discourse and the Legitimacy of Non-Heterosexuality Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Virgin Pride: Born Again Faith and Sexual Identity in the Faith-based Abstinence Movement Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Risk and the Imagined Future: Young Adults Negotiating Religious and Sexual Identities Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Contesting Sex-Restrictive Sexual Narratives from Within: Jewish Laws of Menstrual Purity and Orthodox Sexual Anxieties Download PDF
Chapter  19:  ‘It’s a Tefillin Date’: Alternative Narratives of Orthodox Jewish Sexuality in the Digital Age Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Contestations, Reinscriptions: Negotiating the Worlds of Sexuality and Religion in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Exploring Islamic Masculinities through the Qur’anic Adam Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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