Asian Women Studies

Books on Women & Gender Studies

Books on Women & Gender Studies Published under : Sri Satguru Publications.

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1. After Patriarchy- Feminist Transformation of the World Religion/ Paula M. Cooey,William R. Eakrin & John B. McDaniel , **

ISBN: 81-7030-508-X, Series: Sri Garib Das Oriental Series No.202

Contents:

Introduction- Paula M. Cooey, William R. Eakin, Jay B. McDaniel; 1. Black Women's surrogacy experience and the Christian notions of redemption- Delores S. Williams; 2. Kali The Savior- Lina Gupta; 3. Muslim Women and post- patriarchal Islam- Riffat Hassan; 4. Buddhism after Patriarchy- Rita M. Gross; 5. Transforming the Nature of Community- Towards a Feminist People of Israel- Judith Plaskow; 6. The Redemption of the body- Post- Patriarchal reconstruction of inherited Christian Doctrine- Paula M. Cooey; 7. Images of the Feminine in Apache Religious Tradition- Ines Talamantez; 8. The Spiritual, Political journey of a Feminist Freethinker- Emily Culpepper; Contributors.

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2. Buddhism after Patriarchy- A Feminist History, Analysis and Reconstruction of Buddhism/ Rita M. Gross, **

ISBN: 81-7030-422-9, Series: Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No. 148

About the Author

Rita M. Gross is Professor of Comparative Studies in Religion at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. A former president of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, she is the editor of Beyond Androcentrism; New Essays on Women and Religion, and with Nancy Falk, of Unspoken Worlds: Women’s Religious Lives. She is also the author of numerous articles and essays on women and religion.

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3. Buddhism, Sexuality and Gender/ Jose Ignacio Cabezon, **

ISBN: 81-7030-342-7, Series: Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No. 113

About the Book

This book explores historical, textual, and social questions relating to the position and experience of women and gay people in the Buddhist world from India and Tibet to Sri Lanka, China, and Japan. It focuses on four key areas: Buddhist history, contemporary culture, Buddhist symbols, and homosexuality, and it covers Buddhism’s entire history, from its origins to the present day. The result of original and innovative research, the author offers new perspectives on the history of the attitudes toward, and of the self-perception of women in both ancient and modern Buddhist societies. He explores key social issues such as abortion, he examines the use of rhetoric and symbols in Buddhist texts, and cultures, and he discusses the neglected subject to Buddhism and homosexuality.

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4. Buddhist Women Across Culture- Realization/ Ed. Karma Leshke Tsome, **
ISBN: 81-7030-660-4, Series: Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No. 203

About the Author
Karma Lekshe Tsomo (ed.) is Instructor of Buddhism at Chaminade Universisty and Degree Fellow at the East-West Center. She has written several books including Sutras in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Manastic Ethics for Women, also published by Suny Press, and most recently, Living and Dying in Buddhist Culture (with David W. Chappell).

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5. Devi Gita : The Song of the Goddess : A Translation, Annotation and Commentary/ C. Mackenzi Brown, **

ISBN: 81-7030-634-5, Series: Sri Garib Dass Oriental Series No. 249

About the Book

This book provides a translation, with introduction, Commentary, and annotation, of the medieval Hindu Sanskrit text the Devi Gita (Song of the Goddess). It is an important but not well-known text from the rich Sakta (Goddess) tradition of India. The Devi Gita was composed around the fifteenth century C.E., in partial initiation of the famous Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Lord), composed some fifteen centuries earlier. Around the sixth century C.E., following the rises of several male deities to prominence, a new theistic movement began in which the supreme being was envisioned as female, known as the Great Goddess (Maha-Devi). Appearing first as a violent and blood-loving deity, this Goddess gradually evolved into a more benign figure, a compassionate World-Mother and bestower of salvific wisdom. It is in this beneficent mode that the Goddess appears in the Devi Gita. This work makes available an up-to-date translation of the Devi Gita, along with a historical and theological analysis of the text. The book is divided into sections of verses, and each section is followed by a comment explaining key terms, concepts, ritual procedures, and mythic themes. The comments also offer comparisons with related schools of thought, indicate parallel texts and textual sources of verses in the Devi Gita, and briefly elucidate the historical and religious background, supplementing the remarks of the introduction.

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6. Feminine Multiplicity- A Study of Groups Multiple Goddesses in India/ Yoshinori Onishi, US$ 16

ISBN: 81-7030-513-6, Series: Sri Garib Das Oriental Series No.207

About the Book

The aim of this study is to examine into the meanings and significance of the multiplicity of the feminine in Indian subcontinent as exemplified by the 'Saptamatrkas', The 'nine Durgas the 'letters of the Sanskrit alphabet (matrkas, "little mothers" and so on. The author refer to female deities that seem to function almost always as a group. It is as a group that these deities are considered significant and expounded in the texts.

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7. Lives of the Nuns- Biographies of Chinese Buddhist Nuns from the Fourth to Sixth Centuries/ Trans. Kathryn Ann Tsai, **

ISBN: 81-7030-465-2, Series: Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No. 162

About the Book

A millennium and a half ago some remarkable women cast aside the concerns of the world to devote their lives to Buddhism. Lives of the Nuns, a translation of the Pi-ch’iu-ni chuan, was compiled by Shih Pao-ch’and in or about A.D. 516 and covers exactly that period when Buddhist monasticism for women was first being established in china. Originally written to demonstrate the efficacy of Buddhist scripture in the lives of female monastic, the sixty-five biographies are now regarded as the best source of information about women’s participation in Buddhist monastic practice in premodern Chine. Among the stories of the Buddhist life well lived are entertaining tales that reveal the wit and intelligence of these women in the face of unsavory officials, highway robbers, even fawning barbarians. When Ching-ch’eng and a fellow nun, renowned for their piety and strict asceticism, are taken to “the capital of the northern barbarians” and piled with delicacies, the women “besmirch their own reputation” by gobbling down the food shamelessly. Appalled by their lack of manners, the disillusioned barbarians release the nuns, who return happily to their convent. Lives of the Nuns gives readers a glimpse into a world long vanished yet peopled with women and men who express the same aspirations and longing for spiritual enlightenment found at all times and in all places. Buddhologists, sinologists, historians, and those interested in religious studies and women’s studies will welcome this volume, which includes annotations for readers new to the field of Chinese Buddhist history as well as for the specialist.

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8. Other Revolution: NGO and Feminist Perspectives from South Asia/ Ed. Renuka Sharma, Purushotam Bilimoria, US$ 33

ISBN: 81-7030-629-9

About the Book

Reflections on presentations, reports and debates from the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995 and Interdisciplinary Women's Conference in Australia in 1996; contributed articles.
Contents: Editorial Introduction, Section I: Historical Issues in the Construction of Gender and Identity, Section II. Gender, Development Ethics and the Environment, Section III. Current Concerns, Reviews and Reports.

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9. Religion and Women/ Arvind Sharma, **
ISBN: 81-7030-564-0, Series: Sri Garib Das Oriental Series No. 235

About the Author

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Formerly of the I.A.S., he also holds an M.A. in Economics from Syracuse University, a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. He is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of A Universal Declaration of Human Right by the World’s Religions. His many books include Classical Hindu Thought (OUP, 2000), Hinduism for our Times (OUP, 1995), The Philosophy of Religion: A Buddhist Perspective (OUP, 1995)

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10. Representations of Gender, Democracy and Identity Politics in Relation to South Asia/ Ed. Renuka Sharma, US$ 36

ISBN: 81-7030-503-9, Series: Narri Series on Women Studies No. 2

About the Book

The essays collected here represent a variety of contemporary writings about gender, culture and society in South Asia, pertinent in the present context of a growing sectarian fundamentalism. The writers are all participants in debates about feminist epistemology ; the growing grassroots democratic movements; the challenges and pitfalls of globalization women's intellectual property rights as well as the articulation of alternative strategies for current legal and social problems. The works included in this volume allow for a number of different themes, viewpoints, methodologies to emerge. The book is divided into five sections namely -Theory , Praxis and History ; Thematic issues with relation to Religion, Law, Secularism, and the Placement of women in Trade Unions and. in Organisations Regional Representations; Self Representations and Identity Politics Postscript. The Contributors to the volume are Flavia Agnes, Sara Ahmed, Barbara Watson Andaya, Videsha Bagchi, -Aparna Basu, Gillian Castellino, Shivani Banerjee Chakravorty, Vinitha Jayasinghe, Bernadette Joseph, Nalini Kasynathan, Ratna Kapur, Lashvinder Kaur, Madhu Kishwar, HeleDc Lay, Gitiara Nasreen, Indira J. Parikh, Santi Rozario, Seemanthini Niranjana, Tanika Sarkar, Nayanil. Shah, Renuka Sharma, Olga Valladares, Fareeha Zafar .

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11. Rise of the Goddesses in the Hindu Tradition/ Tracy Pintchman, **
ISBN: 81-7030-521-7, Series: Sri Garib Dass Oriental Series No.210

About the Book

This book explores the rise of the Great Goddessby focusing on the development of sakti (creative energy), maya (objective illusion), and prakrti (materiality) from Vedic times to the late Puranic period, clarifying how these principles became central to her theology.

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12. Sakyadhita : Daughters of the Buddha/ Ed. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, **

ISBN: 81-7030-592-6, Series: Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No.192

About the Book

Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha is the result of the first International Conference of Buddhist nuns. At this gathering women Buddhist renunciates from east and west talked candidly about their lives -- their joys, their problems and their future as Buddhist nuns in the modern world. This book aims at linking and encouraging women on the spiritual path through the ideas and experience of Buddhist women practitioners from various countries and traditions. It investigates how women can avoid personal exploitation and maximize their potentialities for enlightenment, as well as how to effectively help institute full bhiksuni ordination worldwide and contribute to redressing the gender imbalance as a major step toward planetary well-being.

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13. Sisters in Solitude- Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Ethics for Women- A Comparative Analysis of the Chinese Dharmagupta and the Tibetan Mulasarvastivada Bhiksuni Pratimoksa Sutras/ Karma Leshke Tsomo, **

ISBN: 81-7030-541-1, Series: Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No.181

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14. Today's Women in World Religions/ Ed. Arvind Sharma, Introduction by Katherine K.Young, **

ISBN: 81-7030-566-7, Series: Sri Garib Das Oriental Series No. 237

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15. Unknown Pilgrims: History, Life and Spirituality of the Jaina Women Ascetics/ N. Shanta, US$ 50

ISBN: 81-7030-535-7, Series: Sri Garib Das Oriental Series No.219

About the Book

This book permits us to penetrate within one of the most ancient ascetic spirituality, that followed by some 6000 Jaina women ascetics. Written with their collaboration, it presents to the reader their life of radical renunciation of which one of the hallmarks is incessant pilgrimage, a regular shifting from one place to the next in a sustained striving towards self-purification, a striving of which the final goal is Nirvana. Here then we have before us the whole Jaina tradition, presented through scriptures, ancient texts, biographies, epigraphy and iconography. Here too we may observe its outworking in contemporary daily life and its contribution to inter-cultural and inter-monastic encounter. Furthermore, it is not without interest that this study finds its own proper place in an age which is rediscovering feminine values. At a time when so many people are taking a deep interest in Asian spiritualities we find here an original and strictly defined spiritual path and also a spiritual teaching whose strength and subtlety merit our attention and invites us to embark on an authentic spiritual journey.

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16. Women in India/ Mary Francis Billington, US$ 26

ISBN: 81-7030-92-4

About the Book

India in many respects has been written upon exahaustively yet on the other hand, it is so vast an area; its problems are of such supreme imperial moment, and it population presents such wide racial variations, that it seems well nigh impossible for the final word to be said concerning its. Of its women especially, their inner life and thought, only the most superficial knowledge exist. The present book is a study of women in India. The book is divided into 14 chapters. The chapters are - Her birth and infancy, her education, her marriage, medical aid and assistance for the sick, widow- remarriage, and divorse, female life in field and factory, dress, embroidery and needlecraft, jewellery and ornament, amusements and plesure, female crimes and criminals, death and funeral customes, Anglo India society and notes on travelling and outfit. This book is a pioneer book in the woman studies in general and Indian women in particular.

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17. Women in World Religion/ Arvind Sharma, US$ 22

ISBN: 81-7030-428-8 , Series: Narri Series on Women Studies No. 1

About the Author

Arvind Sharma (ed.)
Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Formerly of the I.A.S., he also holds an M.A. in Economics from Syracuse University, a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. He is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of A Universal Declaration of Human Right by the World’s Religions. His many books include Classical Hindu Thought (OUP, 2000), Hinduism for our Times (OUP, 1995), The Philosophy of Religion: A Buddhist Perspective (OUP, 1995).

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