Gender and Religion in the City: Women, Urban Planning and Spirituality, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gender and Religion in the City

Women, Urban Planning and Spirituality, 1st Edition

Edited by Clara Greed


272 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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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 movement. 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. Whilst 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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

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 tweleve books, including, Planning in the UK: An Introduction (2014), Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets (Routledge, 2003) and Approaching Urban Design: The design process (Routledge, 2001).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments

Until October 2015, Susan Buckingham was Professor in the Centre for Human Geography at Brunel University, where she had extensive programme development, teaching and research experience. Susan is now working as an independent researcher, consultant and writer on gender and environment related issues.


With the European Union, United Nations, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and national governments and businesses at least ostensibly paying more attention to gender, including as it relates to environments, there is more need than ever for existing and future scholars, policy makers, and environmental professionals to understand and be able to apply these concepts to work towards greater gender equality in and for a sustainable world.

Comprising edited collections, monographs and textbooks, this new Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments series will incorporate sophisticated critiques and theorisations, including engaging with the full range of masculinities and femininities, intersectionality, and LBGTIQ perspectives. The concept of ‘environment’ will also be drawn broadly to recognise how built, social and natural environments intersect with and influence each other. Contributions will also be sought from global regions and contexts which are not yet well represented in gender and environments literature, in particular Russia, the Middle East, and China, as well as other East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Annabelle Harris, Editor for Environment and Sustainability: 

International Editorial Board

Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Giovanna Di Chiro is Professor of Environmental Studies and teaches in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Swarthmore College, USA.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is an economist who is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  

Martin Hultman is a Senior Lecturer at Linköping University, Sweden.

Virginie Le Masson is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, London, UK.

Sherilyn MacGregor is a Reader in Environmental Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Tanja Mölders is an environmental scientist. Since 2013 she is University Professor and holds the chair "Space and Gender" at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.

Karen Morrow is Professor of Environmental Law at Swansea University, UK.

Marion Roberts is Professor of Urban Design at Westminster University, UK.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Religious
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies