Conference: God’s Own Gender? Religions and their Concepts of Masculinity, 10.-11.11.2016, Münster

Centrum für Religion und Moderne; Exzellenzcluster ‚Religion und Politik‘; Zentrum für Islamische Theologie
Ort: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Zeit: 10.-11.11.2016
Throughout history religions have shaped how people thought about and practised gender, a core concept of any social order. Linking it to concepts of ‘God(s)’, to the Cosmos and creation, religions often preached a fundamental divide between man and woman – and emphasised the dominant role of ‘the man’, in religion as well as in society: he was seen as the actual image of God, had the sole right to serve as priest, and was considered head of the family.
Today religion is still an important source for images of men. But as both, gender and religion, undergo manifold transformations, they are no longer reliable social categories: shifts in men’s gendered identities as well as in the contended boundaries of sexuality challenge traditional concepts of masculinity, as we can see in discussions on homosexuality in different religions. At the same time, secularization and growing religious plurality question traditional religious gender ideas and practices. Read more and source … (Web)