By M Christian Green
Spanning hundreds of thousands of years, this new assortment brings jointly writings and teachings approximately intercourse, marriage, and kin from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. the quantity contains conventional texts in addition to modern fabrics exhibiting how the religions have answered to the altering stipulations and mores of contemporary lifestyles. It finds the similarities and transformations one of the a variety of religions and the improvement of rules and teachings inside every one culture. choices make clear every one religion's perspectives on a variety of matters, together with sexuality and sexual excitement, the which means and goal of marriage, the position of betrothal, the prestige of ladies, where of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance.
Separate chapters dedicated to every one faith contain introductions through top students that contextualize the readings. the decisions are drawn from quite a few genres together with ritual, criminal, theological, poetic, and mythic texts. the quantity includes such different examples because the Zohar on conjugal manners, a modern Episcopalian liturgy for same-sex unions, Qur'anic passages at the equality of the sexes, the Ka–masu–tra on husbands, other halves, and fans, Buddhist writings on celibacy, and Confucian teachings on filial piety.
Contributors comprise: Michael S. Berger, Emory college; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Richmond university of legislations; Alan Cole, Lewis and Clark collage; Paul B. Courtright, Emory college; Patricia Buckley Ebrey, college of Washington; Raja M. El-Habti, Muslim ladies attorneys for Human Rights; Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory college; Mark D. Jordan, Emory University