334 Forum Responses to 'The piety of Afrikaans women' Christina Landman ABSTRACT The book The piety of Afrikaans women is placed in the context of the methodological discussion on religion feminism, that is religion feminism as it was discussed in Western Europe in the early 1990s. It is argued that in South Africa the book was not read against this background but as an onslaught on Afrikanerdom and as a liberal effort to alienate metaphysics from spirituality. Three reactions for and against the contents of the book are discussed. The first refers to local nationalism, the second to the political agenda of women's spirituality and the third to the relationship between spirituality and historical criticism. BACKGROUND The conception of the book in Europe The piety of Afrikaans women was not meant to be read on a popular level but to be studied as a contribution to the international discussion on feminist methodology and the consequences of these methods for the writing of women's histories. The book was written as a result of a study undertaken at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands in the Department of Feminism and Christianity during the winter of 1991/2. The piety
Religion and Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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