The author employs the insights of feminist theologies to illuminate her reading of 20th-century women's fiction. Among her topics are convent schools, women's struggles with institutional religion, the female mystic, goddess feminism, ecofeminism, and womanism in Alice Walker.
Anthology of sacred songs and poetry, dreams and visions, and stories of the efforts of women who follow the Sufi way, the mystical path of Islam. These writings reflect the honour and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview.
Centraal staat het leven van twee zeventiende eeuwse mystica's, die zich van het wereldse leven afkeerden en besloten zich geheel aan hun religie te wijden. Aandacht voor de moeilijkheden en weerstanden die zij zowel vanwege de kerk als binnen hun gezin ervoeren.
Women are conspicuously absent from the Jewish mystical tradition. The mystical 17th-century messianic movement - known as Sabbatianism – had a highly liberationist attitude to women: the leader of the movement, Sabbatai Zevi, promised to make them 'as happy as men' by releasing them from the pangs of childbirth and the subjugation to their husbands ordained for women since biblical times. In this book, the author traces the diverse manifestations of this vision in every phase of Sabbatianism and its offshoots, demonstrating how the culmination of the Sabbatian endeavor was to transcend the traditional gender paradigm that had excluded women from the public arena of Jewish spiritual life.