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Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law

Editors: Lisa Fishbayn Joffe and Sylvia Neil

The series publishes work that: develops new theoretical tools for conceptualizing feminist projects for transforming the interpretation and justification of religious law; examines the interaction or application of civil law or remedies to gender issues in a religious context; and engages in analysis of conflicts over gender and culture/religion in a particular religious legal tradition, cultural community, or nation. Created under the auspices of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute in conjunction with its Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law, this series emphasizes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary scholarship concerning Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and other religious traditions.


Citizenship, Faith, and Feminism
Jewish and Muslim Women Reclaim Their Rights
The first book to examine religious feminist activists in Israel, the U.S., and Kuwait
Feldman, Jan

Fertility and Jewish Law
Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature
A comprehensive comparative study of Jewish law on contemporary reproductive issues from a gender perspective
Irshai, Ronit

Gender, Religion, and Family Law
Theorizing Conflicts between Women’s Rights and Cultural Traditions
Groundbreaking theoretical and legal approaches to resolving conflicts between gender equality and cultural practices
Joffe, Lisa Fishbayn, and Sylvia Neil, editors

Legalizing Plural Marriage
The Next Frontier in Family Law
Offers a legal and historical context for reforming family law and legalizing plural marriage
Goldfeder, Mark

Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State
Israel's Civil War
A comprehensive look at how rabbinical courts control Israeli marriage and divorce
Weiss, Susan M. and Netty C. Gross-Horowitz

Polygamy in Primetime
Media, Gender, and Politics in Mormon Fundamentalism
A provocative look at the costs and benefits of polygamy among western fundamentalist Mormon women
Bennion, Janet

Self-Determination and Women’s Rights in Muslim Societies

An interdisciplinary anthology on the intersections of gender, Islam, and law
Raghavan, Chitra, James P. Levine, eds. and Jeremy Travis, fwd.