MOTHERHOOD IN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM: Critiques, Realities, and Possibilities
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2010
© 2010 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 638–653, December 2010
How to Cite
Oh, I. (2010), MOTHERHOOD IN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM: Critiques, Realities, and Possibilities. Journal of Religious Ethics, 38: 638–653. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2010.00456.x
- Issue published online: 16 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2010
- comparative religion;
Common experiences of mothering offer profound critiques of maternal ethical norms found in both Christianity and Islam. The familiar responsibilities of caring for children, assumed by the majority of Christian and Muslim women, provide the basis for reassessing sacrificial and selfless love, protesting unjust religious and political systems, and dismantling romanticized notions of childcare. As a distinctive category of women's experience, motherhood may offer valuable perspectives necessary for remedying injustices that afflict mothers and children in particular, as well as for developing cross-cultural understandings of justice in general.