© 2018

Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Caroline Blyth
  • Emily Colgan
  • Katie B. Edwards

Part of the Religion and Radicalism book series (RERA)

About this book


This volume explores the multiple intersections between rape culture, gender violence, and religion. Each chapter considers the ways that religious texts, theologies, and traditions engage with contemporary cultural discourses of gender, sexuality, gender violence, and rape culture. Particularly, they interrogate the multifaceted roles that religious texts and teachings can have in challenging, confirming, querying, or redefining socio-cultural understandings of rape culture and gender violence. Unique to this volume, authors explore the topic from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, theology, biblical studies, gender and queer studies, politics, modern history, art history, linguistics, religious studies, and English literature. Together, these interdisciplinary approaches resist the tendency to oversimplify the complexity of the connections between religion, gender violence, and rape culture; rather, the volume offers readers a multi-vocal and multi-perspectival view of this crucial subject, inviting readers to think deeply about it in light of the global crisis of gender violence.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Blyth
    • 1
  • Emily Colgan
    • 2
  • Katie B. Edwards
    • 3
  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Trinity Methodist Theological CollegeAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Sheffield Institute of Interdisciplinary Biblical StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Caroline Blyth is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Auckland. She is co-editor of the Bible and Critical Theory journal, as well as founding member of the Shiloh Project, an interdisciplinary research group studying gender violence and religion.

Emily Colgan is Lecturer in Theology at Trinity Methodist Theological College, Auckland, and contributor to the Shiloh Project.

Katie B. Edwards is Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and Senior Lecturer in the School of English, University of Sheffield. She is current co-editor of the Biblical Reception journal, and founding member of the Shiloh Project.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion
  • Book Subtitle Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Editors Caroline Blyth
    Emily Colgan
    Katie B. Edwards
  • Series Title Religion and Radicalism
  • Series Abbreviated Title Religion and Radicalism
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-72223-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10171-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-72224-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Gender
    Gender Studies
    Sexual Behavior
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“Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives represents a collection of works by differing authors that delves thoroughly, yet succinctly, into the historical and contemporary perspectives surrounding gender violence throughout religious texts and customs, with a plethora of research behind them. … The collection addresses issues relevant to areas such as theology, biblical and literature studies, gender and women’s studies, as well as psychology and healthcare.” (Abigail F. Smith, Journal of Interprofessional Care,, September, 2018)​