Shamans, nuns and judges
The lives of Asia’s female religious leadersby Nursheila Muez
Many of history’s most influential religious leaders — Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Gautama Buddha, Adi Shankara, and Confucius — are men. Is this gender imbalance an inherent flaw of religion itself? And is the rising trend of women in Asia taking on religious leadership positions part of a new phenomenon propelled by the global feminist movement?
Nursheila Muez is the co-editor of AKAR, a Singapore-based independent magazine that features stories and histories of Southeast Asia. She loves reading, the smell of books and bread, a good cup of teh tarik, and picking dried leaves with her son. When she grows old, she will turn her home into a community library for children.