Recommended Reading: "The Controversy over Women's Religious Leadership in the U.S."

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Publications and Resources

by Catherine A. Brekus


Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.

Barlas, Asma. “Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002.

Brekus, Catherine A. Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740-1845. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Carr, Anne E. Transforming Grace: Christian Tradition and Women’s Experience. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988.

Chaves, Mark. Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Cott, Nancy. The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780-1835. Second Ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.

DeBerg, Betty A. Ungodly Women: Gender and the First Wave of American Fundamentalism. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990.

Diner, Hasia R., Shira Kohn, and Rachel Kranson, eds. A Jewish Feminine Mystique?: Jewish Women in Postwar America. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010.

Flowers, Elizabeth Hill. Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power since World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

Hassey, Janette. No Time for Silence: Evangelical Women in Public Ministry around the Turn of the Century. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Academie Books, 1986.

Lindley, Susan Hill. You Have Stept Out of Your Place: A History of Women and Religion in America. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996.

Nadell, Pamela Susan. Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women's Ordination, 1889-1985. Boston: Beacon Press, 1998.

Pope-Levison, Priscilla. Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Schneider, Carl J. and Dorothy Schneider. In Their Own Right: The History of American Clergywomen. New York: Crossroad Pub., 1997.

Wadud, Amina. Qurʾan and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

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