Afterword: Women and Religion in Global and Local Perspective

Explorations in Women, Rights, and Religions - Morny Joy

Paul Bramadat [+-]
University of Victoria, British Columbia
Paul Bramadat is Professor and Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, where he also holds a teaching appointment in the Religious Studies Program. His research interests include religion and public discourse, public health and safety. His articles have appeared in Studies in Religion, Ethnicities, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Religion, State, and Society. His books include several co-edited volumes, including Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond(University of Toronto Press, 2014), and Public Health in the Age of Anxiety: Religious and Cultural Roots of Vaccine Hesitancy (University of Toronto Press, 2017).


Let me begin with some remarks that are both personal and professional: I am acutely aware that I am the only male scholar associated with this project. I wish the pioneering women of religious studies had been treated as well as I have been during our project. None of my colleagues in this work ever gave me the impression that my questions and comments were obtuse or without merit, even when indeed they were often the flat-footed questions of an amateur. I have been honoured by this kind of treatment and wish more men could have the experience of being outnumbered, decentred, and yet fully included. Writing the afterword for this volume might become an opportunity to indulge in academic “mansplaining,” as though I might provide a synoptic sense of intellectual closure. I am probably predisposed – by my culture, my privilege, my profession – to think this might be my appropriate role, but in my brief contribution to this volume, I have more modest ambitions. In the following reflections, I would like to identify and critically engage three of the common themes that appear in these chapters, or at least that occur to me in my reading.

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Bramadat, Paul. Afterword: Women and Religion in Global and Local Perspective. Explorations in Women, Rights, and Religions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jan 2020. ISBN 9781781798393. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38855. Jan 2020

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