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Texts

An Anthology of Sacred Texts By and About Women. Edited by Serinity Young. New York : Crossroad, 1993.
A collection of representative primary texts from the world's religions. Arranged by religion, with each section including an historical overview with particular regard to women, as well as a bibliography. Texts include "creation stories, law codes, biographies of founders, and various writings by women."
Dana Call Number: BL458.A68 1993

177 Ayahs That Refer to Women
A compilation of all the verses in Quran that have the word "women" in them.

And Adam Knew Eve: A Dictionary of Sex in the Bible
Ronald L. Ecker gathers all sexually related biblical stories, concepts, and laws and presents them in a dictionary format. Includes Old and New Testament stories as well as stories from the Apocrypha; bibliography and index.

Sacred (And Other) Texts: Recommended Reading. A bibliography from the Lilith Institute: A Center for the Study of Sacred Text, Myth and Ritual.

Statements on Gender and Sexuality from Religious Traditions
Links to statements from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and other traditions. From the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

Bibliographies

Bibliography on Women and Religion.
Susan C. Lau's (University of Pittsburg) searchable bibliography of over 2500 English-language books published between 1970 and the present.

Carson, Anne. Goddesses & Wise Women : The Literature of Feminist Spirituality, 1980-1992, An Annotated Bibliography. Freedom, CA : Crossing Press, c1992.
Annotated entries on books, journal and newspapers articles, and audio-visual materials on feminist spirituality, including works critical or hostile to the movement.
Dana Call Number: REF BL458.C37 1992

Carson, Anne. Feminist Spirituality and the Feminine Divine: An Annotated Bibliography Trumansburg, NY, Crossing Press, 1986.
Companion volume to the above, covering primarily 20th century resources to up 1985. Specifically excludes "most works on the position of women in male-centered religions."
Dana Call Number: REF BL458 .C39 1986

Select Bibliography on Feminist Sexual Ethics
Links to articles/documents dealing with Slavery, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

Indexes

Religion and Philosophy Indexes

Humanities Abstracts
1984- . Index to over 350 core English-language periodicals in the humanities, including history, philosophy, religion, and related subjects. Restricted Access.

ATLA Religion Database
1949- . Index to 650 journals, as well as some 14,000 multi-authored works, relating to Biblical studies, world religions, Church history and religious perspectives on social issues. Restricted Access.

Philosopher's Index
1940- Index to over 480 journals, as well as books, relating to ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of law, the philosophy of religion, etc. Restricted Access.

Gender Studies Indexes

Contemporary Women's Issues
Full-text access to global information on women found in journals, research reports, newspapers, pamphlets, and fact sheets. Restricted Access.

Women's Studies International
1972- Comprehensive index to women's studies resources. Incorporates citations from Women Studies Abstracts, Women's Studies Bibliography Database, and the Women's Studies Database, among others. Restricted Access.

Sexual Diversity Studies: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Abstracts
1997- . Selective coverage of over 1,800 periodical sources, as well as books, proceedings, reports, dissertations, and websites, dealing with the social, legal, economic, political, cultural, historical, literary and health concerns of the Gay and Lesbian community. Restricted Access.

History Indexes

America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Restricted Access.

Historical Abstracts
1955- . The most comprehensive index to world history (excluding that of the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 2,000 history and history-related journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Restricted Access.

Sociology Index

SocioFile 1974-
Index to approximately 1900 journals in sociology and related disciplines. Rutgers-restricted Access.

History

Jewish Women in the Bible and Antiquity
Compiled by Meir Bar-Ilan.

Diotima: Women & Gender in the Ancient World
Wonderful searchable collection of online scholarly articles, bibliographies and images.

Bibliography on Women in Byzantium
Extensive list of primary and secondary sources.

Matrix
An international collaborative effort to document the participation of Christian women in the religion and society of medieval Europe by collecting and making available data about professional Christian women in Europe between 400 and 1600 C.E. Has as its basis the Monasticon which documents some 2646 women's religious communities of every size, affiliation, and rule, including hospitals, asylums, and pilgrim hospices. The Bibliographia is a searchable database of over 5000 citations to primary, and secondary, published and unpublished sources related to women’s religious lives.

American History

Bass, Dorothy C. Women in American Religious History : An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Sources. Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, c1986.
Dana Call Number: REF BL458.B37 1986

American Women's History: A Research Guide: Religion
Excellent annotated guide to primary and secondary sources. From Middle Tennessee State University.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1775-2000
Nearly 1000 primary documents organized into "editorial projects:" Questions linked to 15-20 documents that seek to address the question.

Women in American 1820-1842: Religion
Texts from 18 foreign travelers to America commenting on women and religion.

Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America
Searchable bibliography of books, articles, and archival resources.

Religions

Judaism

Women and Judaism
A reading list from Soc.Culture.Jewish Newsgroups.

Wein, Terren Ilana. " Bibliography: By, For, and/or about Jewish Lesbian/Bisexual Women." Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal 3(1), Spring 2002.

Bibliography of Sources on Sexual and Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community
Compiled by Marcia Cohn Spiegel.

Christianity

Catholic Perspective on: Women in Society and in the Church
Part of the Catholic Perspectives project of the Newman Center at Caltech.

Christian + Feminist
"Dedicated to the proposition that faith and feminism are not mutually exclusive." Bibliography with links to full-text.

"Recent Work on Women in Twentieth-Century Protestantism." Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism Bulletin 1(Fall/Winter), 1997.
Bibliographic Essay by the Institute for the Study of Evangelicalism's Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism project.

Islam

Maryams.Net: Articles
Links to articles, position papers, book reviews, etc. dealing with Muslim Women and Islam.

Buddhism

Bibliography: Women and the female in Buddhism
"Books about women, the "divine feminine", and the female influence in Buddhism."

Web Guides

Women and Theology
"A selective, annotated list of links to Internet resources on women and religion, feminist theology, or the feminine divine." A Project of the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Women-Related Religion/Spirituality Sites
Selective, annotated list.


Natalie Borisovets (natalieb@andromeda.rutgers.edu)
John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
March 10, 2003