Oppression or Emancipation? A Feminist Analysis on Religion


  • H. W. Fernando Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


The relationship between the religion and the society is dialectical. Social sciences and its disciplines had enormous interest in the
topic of religion and women. There is a main debate within the feminist perspective on religion and women and it is located in two
polar. One discussion is in the direction that religion oppresses the women while the other takes its opposite denoting religion brings emancipation to women through empowering. This study is based on a content analysis of literature, and it critically analyse this debate. The findings highlighted that, the idea of women within a religious discourse cannot be dispersed/ separated within a given society. Further, the study emphasizes that the women’s oppression or emancipation is a result of the dialectical
relationship between the religion and the society which is positioned in the contemporary society. 

DOI : http://doi.org/10.31357/fhss/vjhss.v06i02.03