Women in Religion
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Osher (50+). This course explores the role of women and the feminine sacred in religion since the prehistoric era.
What you can learn.
- Identify effects of religion on women's lives throughout history
- Examine contemporary ideas about women and spirituality
- Understand religious images and ideas in today's secular society
About this course:
In the late 20th century, the rise of the feminist movement and women’s studies engendered a deeper look into the impact of various religious traditions on women’s lives. Scholarship founded on this knowledge has since become an imperative in the study of religions. Using current studies of archaeology and anthropology, our historical review begins in prehistory with cultures that worshipped the sacred as feminine. From there, we describe the gradual change to male-oriented institutions, chronicling the Judeo-Christian-Islamic traditions. Finally, we discuss women who affected the practice and study of religion, and the feminine sacred in the contemporary world and in other major world religions.