We are thrilled to reveal the beautiful cover for our anthology, Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay.
Faithfully Feminist brings together the voices of 45 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women who respond with passion and courage to critics who tell us that we can’t be both feminists and women of faith. As we state in the introduction to the book, the overriding perception seems to be that it is only a feminist act to leave our faith traditions.
We contend that it is also a feminist act to stay.
With a moving Foreword jointly written by brilliant feminist theologians Judith Plaskow, Rosemary Radford Reuther, and Amina Wadud, Faithfully Feminist is a uniquely interfaith testament to the power and perseverance of the feminist believer:
“In the words of the savvy editors of Faithfully Feminist, “to live a feminist and religious life is an art… it requires being graceful and bold, cunning and creative.” This is precisely what this strong collection of writing is all about.ʺ
–Laura Levitt, Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies and Gender at Temple University
ʺWhat brings one to faith and keeps one ‘faithful,’ especially in religious communities that remain densely patriarchal? As the narratives in this anthology attest, these are such ineffably personal questions that no woman can answer them for another. Perhaps that is just as well since it allows us to learn from each others’ struggles how to be present to the divine in our own distinctive ways.ʺ
– Asma Barlas, Professor of Politics at Ithaca College and author ofʺBelieving Womenʺ in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an.
“Sparks fly as Muslim, Jewish, and Christian women invite us into their stories of standing up for their equality and full humanity while deepen their faith…Stunningly eloquent, powerfully honest, a must read!”
– Kate Ott, Drew University, Feminism in Religion Forum
We are especially grateful to Maria Ebrahimji and Zahra Suratwala, editors of the I Speak For Myself series, and Steve Scholl at White Cloud Press for their incredible support for and belief in this project.
As editors, we agree that Faithfully Feminist is one of the most rewarding projects we have ever worked on. We can’t wait to share it with you in August.
–Gina, Amy, and Jennifer