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Gender Relations
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[German Version]

The many and varied gender relations interact with their religious context and are also, in many religions, significant as symbols/metaphors. Gender relations are by no means a new phenomenon, but have only become the object of explicit scholarly attention within the study of religions through the influence of gender studies, so that a number of important questions have as yet only been treated in a preliminary manner. In the various religions, the socio-cultural reality of gender relations is either confirmed and legitimated or…

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Heller, Birgit, “Gender Relations”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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