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Istratii, Romina (2020) Gender and Orthodoxy (Series) : A decolonial critique of western feminist hermeneutics in theology/religious studies in relation to Orthodox communities. Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries (English) [Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs]

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Abstract

In this series, Dr Istratii presents the evolution of Western feminist theory of gender, the dangers that exist when Western theories extend to other societies without giving attention to the historical conditions that triggered and informed their development and addresses some of the key issues raised by feminist philosophers in reference to Orthodox theology and from the point of view of the Orthodox phronema of the Holy Fathers and Mothers of the Orthodox Church. The series began with a brief genealogical analysis of the concept of 'gender' in Western feminist thought to question the human metaphysics it has assumed under the influence of Western philosophy and scientific thought and history (see the analysis in Greek). The second essay in the series examines the validity of Western feminist hermeneutics and gender-sensitive approaches in theology/religious studies in reference to Orthodox traditions and points to the need for a decolonial method embedded in the historicity and exegetical tradition of the religious community in question each time. The report follows such a method to better understand negative or harmful attitudes towards women associated with domestic violence in Orthodox societies and to suggest how they can be addressed with the help of Orthodox theology. The essay is based extensively on the author's peer-reviewed article "Beyond a feminist' hermeneutics of suspicion ': Reading St John Chrysostom's commentaries on man-woman relations, marriage and conjugal abuse through the Orthodox phronema."

Item Type: Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs
Keywords: Gender and Orthodoxy, decolonisation, feminist hermeneutics, Eastern Orthodox societies, domestic violence, gender issues
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 10:38
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/33384

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