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Women, Ordination, and a Buddhist Perspective: A Violation of Rights?


 
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1. Title Title of document Women, Ordination, and a Buddhist Perspective: A Violation of Rights? - Explorations in Women, Rights, and Religions
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Carola Roloff; Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg; Germany
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Gender Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) women and religion; women's rights; human rights; gender justice
 
5. Subject Subject classification Women and Religion
 
6. Description Abstract By taking women’s ordination – a main gender issue debated in Buddhism – as an example, I reason why discrimination against women in religion not only violates women’s human rights but also basic Buddhist principles such as non-violence. I question whether from a Buddhist perspective religion and rights are two mutually exclusive terms, and then discuss two areas of tension: a tension between religious and secular law on the one hand and a tension between religious freedom and gender equality on the other. Based on this, I analyze how the dynamics of these areas of tension and gender issues could become a driving force for interreligious dialogue and for dialogue between religions and secular societies.
In many world religions, women are discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens – Buddhism does not constitute an exception. This will be demonstrated in the context of the Buddha’s teaching, on the one hand, and of contemporary societies, on the other hand. A special focus lies on the compatibility of Buddhism with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution, the so-called Basic Law, of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Human rights play an important role in this postmodern world. Therefore religions are called upon to take a stand on it. Although the term “human rights” is not part of the Buddhist vocabulary, the basic idea of human rights is not alien to Buddhism (Schmidt-Leukel 2010; Tsedroen 2010; Roloff 2015).
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Jan-2020
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/38843
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38843
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Explorations in Women, Rights, and Religions
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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