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Gender and Medieval Mysticism from India to Europe (Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism)

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This book opens up a dialogue between pre-modern women identified as mystics in diverse locations from South Asia to Europe. It considers how women from the disparate religious traditions of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity expressed devotion in parallel ways. The argument is that women's mysticism demands to be compared not because of any essential 'female' experience of the divine but because the parallel positions of marginalization that pre-modern women experienced led them to deploy intimate encounters with the divine to speak publicly and claim authority. The topics covered range from the Sufi devotional tradition of Sidis (Indians of African ancestry) to the Bhakti poet Mirabai and the nuns of Barking Abbey. Collectively the chapters show how mysticism allowed pre-modern women to speak and act by unsettling traditional gender roles and expectations for religious behaviour. At the same time as uncovering connections, the juxtaposition of women from different traditions serves to highlight distinctive features. The book draws on a range of disciplinary expertise and will be of particular interest to scholars of medieval religion and theology as well as history and literary studies.


  • | Author: Alexandra Verini, Abir Bazaz
  • | Publisher: Routledge
  • | Publication Date: Sep 29, 2023
  • | Number of Pages: 254 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 1032358491
  • | ISBN-13: 9781032358499
Author:
Alexandra Verini, Abir Bazaz
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication Date:
Sep 29, 2023
Number of pages:
254 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Hardcover
ISBN-10:
1032358491
ISBN-13:
9781032358499