Women and Religion
Unit I Women in Religious Traditions: Status and Role in Scriptures and Sacred texts
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism.
Cult of mother Goddes, Devi and her many forms; religious. Myths and Legends.
Unit II Bhakti, Veerasaivism and other reform movements: Women religious leaders.
Female Ascetic Tradition: Bhikhuni, Jain Sadhvi, Sanyasini, priesthood.
Unit III Reform movement of the 19th and 20th centuries: Brahmo, Prarthna, Arya Samaj, Muslim, Reform Movement etc.
Unit IV Politics of religion and religious formations; religious nationalism, construction of “Hindu womanhood”; colonial state and its impact; process of change in contemporary .India and its nature.
Unit V New women’s religious movements; reformation and transformation from within or Abandonment of traditional religious?