HDS 2112

Women, Religion, and the 'Turn to Agency'

Sarah Bracke


This course explores different understandings of agency that circulate within the social scientific study of women and religion. It examines various instances of the nexus of religion, agency and women and how it is configured in classic social scientific accounts, including texts that are central within the secularization paradigm, and unpacks these configurations and the ways in which they rely on, and affirm, particular understandings of gender (e.g. women's disposition to superstition and fanaticism, as well as submission). the work of Saba Mahmood (2001; 2005) will be central in tracing the epistemological and methodological assumptions that inform such conceptions of pious women's agency.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Mon 12pm-2pm
Andover Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies None
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None