As gender has taken a prominent place in scholarly considerations of social issues, it has troubled the relationship between faith traditions and the law. Recent research on gender has prompted rethinking of both religious traditions and legal frameworks. Scholars of religion have recognized the challenges that shifting gender norms have brought to religious legal traditions even as lawyers have increasingly paid attention to those religious legal traditions. New patterns of behaviors have disrupted previously accepted and relatively unquestioned religious assumptions, and challenged practices inside and outside the courtroom. The politics of gender has disrupted previously accepted and relatively unquestioned religious assumptions.
This symposium explores the complex intersections of religious norms and values as they confront both religious and secular legal frameworks.
Sponsored by: The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, Institute for Research on Women & Gender