Chapter

Ways of Life

Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce

in Why are Women more Religious than Men?

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608102
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608102.003.0008
Ways of Life

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It is difficult to estimate a gender gap in religiosity for religions which emphasise correct action more than correct belief because different obligations may be set for men and women. This chapter discusses some aspects of Muslim and Jewish women's religion to illustrate the complexity of the lived religious life and point out the rationality beneath what may seem like self-defeating choices. It demonstrates the importance of secondary religious behavior (diet, dress, inter-personal behavior, sexuality, and work ethic for example) and cautions against under-estimating women's religiosity in non-Christian settings. Most importantly, another partial answer to the book title's question is introduced: in some settings women are more religious than men because they are required to be responsible for the religious commitment and morality of other people.

Keywords: religious life; obligations; Muslim; Jewish; secondary religious behavior; women; responsibility; morality

Chapter.  9116 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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