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 I|1 pages


chapter 1|13 pages


Interactions between gender, urban space and religion

chapter 2|15 pages

The postsecular city

Site of emancipation or a false dawn?

part II|1 pages

Women, cities and Christianity

chapter 5|18 pages

Praying in plain sight?

Women seeking privacy in the public realm in a Greek Orthodox Cypriot city

chapter 6|13 pages

Pentecostal and personal perspectives

Gender, faith, urban space and town planning

part III|1 pages

Women, cities and Islam

chapter 7|19 pages

Islamic and Christian cities during the medieval period

Iberia and North Africa

chapter 8|12 pages

Women in the Muslim city

With reference to Nablus in Palestine

chapter 9|15 pages

Afghani Muslim women in Auckland, New Zealand

Making places

part V|1 pages

Planning policy and change