Chapter 26. Women and Piety Movements

  1. Bryan s. Turner Professor leader Director member Fellow
  1. Rachel Rinaldo PhD Assistant Professor

Published Online: 1 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320787.ch26

The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion

The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion

How to Cite

Rinaldo, R. (2010) Women and Piety Movements, in The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion (ed B. s. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320787.ch26

Editor Information

  1. Wellesley College USA

Author Information

  1. University of Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188524

Online ISBN: 9781444320787



  • women and piety movements;
  • emergence of religious piety movements around the globe;
  • movement within German Lutheranism - strong influence on development of Protestantism;
  • three modes of analysis;
  • piety movements in the late twentieth century;
  • transnational shifts, modernity and globalization as explanations for women's participation in piety movement;
  • Mahmood's (2005) - study of women in Egyptian Islamic piety movement;
  • veiling gaining popularity in the Middle East in the late 1970s and early 1980s - and reaction from feminists, overwhelmingly negative;
  • women's piety, linked to creation of new forms of identity and community


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: What is a Piety Movement?

  • Three Modes of Analysis

  • Piety Movements in the Late Twentieth Century

  • Macro Structural Explanations

  • Micro Explanations: Agency and Identity

  • The Veil

  • Community and Identity

  • Consequences of Piety Movements for Gender Relations

  • Conclusions

  • Bibliography