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New Book by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza Challenges Thinking About Feminist Religious Theory

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza’s new book challenges the tendency of feminist theory to leave behind religion as a place for feminist political theory and action. It's been released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Cambridge, MA, August 31, 2017 --( “Congress of Wo/men: Religion, Gender, and Kyriarchal Power” puts into action a number of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza’s critically important contributions to feminist studies in religion. The new book does not limit itself to the exposition of theories and the*logies, but engages them concretely in the context of neoliberal American democracy which increasingly displays antidemocratic elements that are often sanctioned by Christian religious language. The last chapter situates the book’s argument in conversation with emergent feminist theoretical voices. It moves from feminist theory in an authorial mode to dialogical explorations expressed by different student voices and perspectives.

Maria Pilar Aquino, professor of theology and religion at the University of San Diego, points out that “Congress of Wo/men” “offers an exciting vision of feminism working in greater solidarity with social justice activists, religious leaders, and community builders to transform global kyriarchal powers.” Namsoon Kang, professor of theology and religion at Brite Divinity School, writes that “Congress of Wo/men” “is at the cutting edge of feminist the*logical work and will be a crucial reading for those dreaming of a world of love for all, without domination, poverty, or oppression.”

Schüssler Fiorenza is the Krister Stendahl Professor at Harvard University Divinity School and founding coeditor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Schüssler Fiorenza served as the first female president of the Society of Biblical Literature and was elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. Her influential works include: “In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins;” “Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology;” “Rhetoric and Ethic: The Politics of Biblical Studies” and “Democratizing Biblical Studies: Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space.”

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Congress of Wo/men: Religion, Gender, and Kyriarchal Power
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Feminist Studies in Religion Books
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4640-2 190 pages $18.95 US Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5400-1 190 pages $25.95 US Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5415-5 $9.99 US eBook

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Feminist Studies in Religion Books (FSR Books) is companion to the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. FSR Books is interreligious in its subjects, transdisciplinary in its methods, and intersectional in its analyses. The editors are committed to rigorous thinking and analysis in the service of feminist transformation of both the discipline of religious studies and the institutions of religion and society. Learn more about FSR Books by visiting our website,
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