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Women as Ritual Experts

Paperback|Dec 1996
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"This splendid and often lyrical ethnography of Kurdish and Yemenite elderly women expands upon a growing body of scholarship about the experiences of women in patriarchal religions from a more nuanced feminist perspective about the meaning and function of ritual...


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"This splendid and often lyrical ethnography of Kurdish and Yemenite elderly women expands upon a growing body of scholarship about the experiences of women in patriarchal religions from a more nuanced feminist perspective about the meaning and function of ritual and the sacred in women's lives. From the onset, Susan Starr Sered's work situates itself on the cutting edge of both her discipline and the study of religion. Her contribution is considerable....An engaging account of women bound by tradition but also active in the creation of their own religious experience....Sered not only brings a fresh perspective to the study of women's experiences in traditional religious settings but reflects without polemic on the androcentric biases in the study of religion itself."--The Journal of Religion "Sered lovingly and graphically portrays how religion permeates the everyday lives of elderly Jewish women in Jerusalem....I recommend Sered's book to my colleagues and would include it in student reading for anthropology, sociology, and religion courses....It is excellent in-depth case studies such as this one that demonstrates the power and necessity of qualitative studies."--Sociology of Religion
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This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem. Sered visited the women in their homes and accompanied them on trips to holy tombs, local ethnic synagogues, and Judaica classes. She^finds that, though mainly illiterate and excluded from formal religious practices, the women are experts in rituals aimed at safeguarding the well-being of their extended families. By analyzing their rituals, daily experiences, life-stories, and non-verbal gestures, Sered uncovers the strategies^these women have used to circumvent the patriarchal institutions of Judaism, and how they have developed their own "little tradition" within and parallel to the "great tradition" of Torah Judaism.
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"This splendid and often lyrical ethnography of Kurdish and Yemeniteelderly women expands upon a growing body of scholarship about the experiencesof women in patriarchal religions from a more nuanced feminist perspective aboutthe meaning and function of ritual and the sacred in women's lives. From theonset, Susan Starr Sered's work situates itself on the cutting edge of both herdiscipline and the study of religion. Her contribution is considerable....Anengaging account of women bound by tradition but also active in the creation oftheir own religious experience....Sered not only brings a fresh perspective tothe study of women's experiences in traditional religious settings but reflectswithout polemic on the androcentric biases in the study of religionitself."--The Journal of Religion
-Publisher

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Susan Starr Sered

Susan Starr Sered is Senior Research Associate at Suffolk UnSusan Starr Sered is Senior Research Associate at Suffolk University's Center for Women's Health and Human Rights. Rushiiversity's Center for Women's Health and Human Rights. Rushika Fernandopulle is a clinical physician at the Massachusettka Fernandopulle is a clinical physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and is also on the faculty of Harvard Meds General Hospital and is also on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. ical School.

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