Life Histories of Baha'I Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century (American University Studies 316 1st New edition)

Life Histories of Baha'I Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century (American University Studies 316 1st New edition)

By: Lynn Echevarria (author)Hardback

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Life Histories of Baha'i Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century is an unprecedented study of the essential features of living a Baha'i life, examining contributions and experiences of a diverse group of Canadian women and men in a new religion through a sociological framework and a women-centred perspective. The key figures in the Baha'i Faith, early female heroes, major teachings of the religion, and Canadian Baha'i history are detailed. A background on social history and the feminization of religion also provides a context for twentieth century Canadian life. Drawing upon Western religious and secular thought and practice, theories and social attitudes about the nature of woman and the Baha'i perspective on these topics are explicated. These stirring narratives, historical and contemporary, provide a compelling perspective on social processes and interactional dimensions of Baha'i community life. The life histories also illustrate, in poignant, humorous, and inspiring ways, how these notable Baha'is story themselves along the way. The teachings of the Baha'i Faith are remarkably forward looking. One of the foundational principles is the oneness of humanity, and an integral part of this oneness is the equality of women with men. Lay readers and students of religion, sociology, and women's and gender studies, will be interested in how members make meaning of these teachings on equality and how women's participation in the Baha'i institutional system is promoted and maintained.

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About Author

Lynn Echevarria is the Coordinator and Instructor for the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Yukon College, Canada, and holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. She has a long-time research interest and involvement in women's advancement, and more recently, men's studies. Her publications include articles, reviews, a co-authored chapter in Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Baha'is in North America 1898-2000, and a chapter in Baha'i and Globalisation. She has been the recipient of a Northern Research Institute grant and two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowships.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/07/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781433114571
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 229
  • ID: 9781433114571
  • weight: 450
  • ISBN10: 1433114577
  • edition: 1st New edition

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