Introduction John C. Raines 1. A Hindu Perspective Anantanand Rambachan 2. A Protestant Christian Perspective Marvin M. Ellison 3. Bumuntu Paradigm and Gender Justice: Sexist and Antisexist Trends in African Traditional Religions Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha 4. Islam, Women, and Gender Justice Asghar Ali Engineer 5 A Jewish Perspective Ze'ev W. Falk 6. A Roman Catholic Perspective Gerard S. Sloyan 7. Islam and Gender Justice: Beyond Simplistic Apologia, Farid Esack 8. A Thai Buddhist Perspective Tavivat Puntarigvivat 9. A Taoist Perspective: Appreciating and Applying the Principle of Femininity Liu Xiaogan 10. A Native North American Perspective: To Protect the Ground We Walk On, Christopher Ronwanien:te Jocks Conclusion Daniel C. Maguire List of Contributors Index
John C. Raines is Professor of Religion at Temple University. He is the coauthor, with Donna C. Day-Lower, of Modern Work and Human Meaning. Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics at Marquette University. He is the author of Death by Choice and The Moral Core of Judaism and Christianity: Reclaiming the Revolution, coauthor, with Larry Rasmussen, of Ethics for a Small Planet, and coeditor, with Harold Coward, of Visions of a New Earth: Religious Perspectives on Population, Consumption, and Ecology, the latter two also published by SUNY Press.
"Since the early 1970s we have heard the voices of women detailing the gender inequities long prevalent in the world's religions. In this book, they are at last joined by a formidable collection of male scholars who know their traditions intimately. Reflecting on these traditions-ranging from Hinduism, Buddhism, Orthodox Judaism, Taoism, Islam, African and Native American religions to Protestantism and Catholicism-each man finds useful resources for gender equality. A few go further and provide insightful critiques of the contemporary economic and social reality that makes the need to work for social justice for women essential for the survival of religion itself. What Men Owe to Women should be both a resource and a springboard for further discussion. Women as well as men need to know what it says, then add their own experience and views to a subject critical to contemporary life as well as religion." - National Catholic Reporter "The astonishing point that comes across loud and clear in this book, is that diverse religious traditions have long been held hostage to patriarchal visions and authority. Seeing the diverse cultural evolutions side-by-side emphasizes the similar yet different ways traditions were fashioned by the hands of men. From a comparative religions perspective, this book sheds much light on the varying interpretive strategies employed by religions as they work toward a similar (and suspect) end." - Kathryn Kueny, Lawrence University