1st Edition

Gender and Religion in the City Women, Urban Planning and Spirituality

Edited By Clara Greed Copyright 2020
    272 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a conceptual, historical and contemporary context to the relationships between gender, religion and cities.

    It draws together these three components to provide an innovative view of how religion and gender interact and affect urban form and city planning. While there have been many books that deal with religion and cities; gender and cities; and gender and religion, this book is unique in bringing these three subjects together. This trio of inter-relationships is first explored within Western Christianity: in Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy and in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. A wider perspective is then provided in chapters on the ways in which Islam shapes urban development and influences the position of Muslim women in urban space. While official religions have declined in the West there is still a desire for new forms of spirituality, and this is discussed in chapters on municipal spirituality and on the rise of paganism and the links to both environmentalism and feminism. Finally, ways of taking into account both gender and religion within the statutory urban planning system are presented.

    This book will be of great interest to those researching environment and gender, urban planning and sustainability, human geography and religion.

    Part 1: Background

    1. Introduction: Interactions between Gender, Urban Space and Religion

    Clara Greed

    2. The Post Secular City: Site of Emancipation or False Dawn

    Chris Baker

    Part 2: Women, Cities and Christianity

    3. An Overview of Catholic Christianity and Women and Space: Past and Present

    Ines Sánchez de Madariaga

    4. Spaces of Inter-faith Dialogue between Protestant and Muslim Communities in Germany Petra Kuppinger

    5. Praying in Plain Sight: Women in the Public Realm in a Greek Orthodox Cypriot City Anna Papadopoulou with Juliet Davis

    6. Pentecostal and Personal Perspectives: Gender, Faith, Urban Space and Town Planning Clara Greed

    Part 3: Women, Cities and Islam

    7. Islamic and Christian Cities during the Medieval Period: Iberia and North Africa

    Carmen Hass Klau

    8. Women in the Muslim City: with Reference to Nablus Palestine

    Mokarram Abbas

    9. Afghani Muslim Women in Auckland, New Zealand: Making Places

    Roja Tafaroji

    Part 4: Non-Religious Space and Women

    10. Postsecular Urbanism and the Hidden Values of Gendered Spaces

    Katie McClymont

    11. Neo- Paganisms, ‘Dark Green Religion’ and what the Divine Feminine might mean for Planning

    Katie McClymont

    Part 5: Planning Policy and Change

    12. The Planning System and Places of Worship in Relation to the Anglican church

    Andrea Mulkeen

    13. A Woman Faith Practitioner’s Experience in the UK Night-Time Economy

    Gill Reeve

    14. Faith, Gender and the Planning System in the UK

    Carey Doyle

    15. Planning for Religion: As if it Really Mattered

    Clara Greed



    Clara Greed is Emerita Professor of Inclusive Urban Planning at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. She is the author/editor of over 12 books, including, Women and Planning: Creating Gendered Realities (1994), Planning in the UK: An Introduction (2014), Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets (Routledge, 2003).

    "Religion, gender and urban planning intersect variously. Their interrelationships change over time, just as they vary from place to place. What emerges is the subtle and varied kaleidoscope described in these chapters." -- Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK

    "This book opens up a new frontier in the field of gender and the environment. Despite discussion of a post-secular age, religion and spirituality have a presence as core elements in the lives of many. The diversity of the topics in this book, which straddles Christianity, Islam and non-religious spirituality exposes the importance of the interaction between faith and belief, gender and space. The editor is an internationally renowned planning academic, and chapters on planning help to ground the discussion in contemporary practice. Researchers, students, academic staff and practitioners will find valuable insights in this collection." -- Marion Roberts, Emeritus Professor of Urban Design, University of Westminster, UK