This volume studies females who practice or interact with gender norms of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in relation to the geography of place. The book focuses on attempts by religious and secular authorities to control women’s access to distinct spaces to show how religious women navigate harsh terrain and attain mobility within established institutions. The writings are grouped under three sections: “Women and Colonial Regimes,” “Religion and Women’s Mobility,” and “New Spaces for Religious Women.”
Secular, critical, and comparative viewpoints are explored, with much of the scholarship steeped in fieldwork, i.e., an orthodox district in Jerusalem, a shopping mall in Istanbul, women travelers in Pakistan, and Korean immigrant women in Los Angeles. Contributors broaden notions of space to extend beyond architecture, national borders, external and internal boundaries, and assorted identifying markers, such as race or clothing. In examining a “new” aspect of space/geography these essays promote challenge, irony, and unexpected avenues of thought. Multi-cultural and international in scope, this work makes a significant, groundbreaking contribution to the field of geography.
Karen M. Morin is associate professor of geography at Bucknell University. Her articles have appeared in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and Journal of Historical Geography.
Jeanne Kay Guelke is professor of geography at University of Waterloo, Ontario. Her articles have been published in The Professional Geographer, Journal of Historical Geography, and Environmental Ethics.
6 x 9, 248 pages