'An unusually coherent anthology designed to remedy the 'lack of standard study of the 'body' and the major religions' Coakley's introduction is wonderfully lucid … a useful handbook of traditions and theories, rich in substance and analysis.' Religious Studies Review
'This volume stands out for its unusually wide selection of topics ... will certainly broaden the understanding and spur the reflection of anyone interested in the religious and social dimensions of the body … an exceptional wealth of suggestive and stimulating ideas.' Heythrop Journal
'A rich profusion of essays spanning the world and history beyond the Christian and Judaic West to Eastern religious traditions.' The Tablet
This book highlights the distinctive and unfamiliar ways in which diverse religious traditions understand the 'body', and raises to greater consciousness some of the assumptions and problems of contemporary attitudes. It is a rich source for comparative studies of the 'body', and of its relation to society and the divine.