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Feminist Professor: Between Court Fool and Fairy Godmother

The Feminist Self: Intersecting Worlds



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Written by Carole Fontaine

Carole R. Fontaine is the Distinguished Taylor Professor of Biblical Theology and History at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, a winner of a Lily Foundation Grant for Theological Research, and author/editor of six books, more than one hundred articles, and has extensive media credits in documentaries, screen editing and illustration. She has worked actively in Human Rights since 1999, specializing in the intersection of women’s rights with the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and lecturing internationally on the topic. She served as the New England Workshop Director for the Womens United Nations Report Network (, the only NGO of its kind, concerning itself with the freedom of religion as it impacts women’s rights. She has served on the boards of several international Muslim women’s charities, including one reporting to the United Nations Department of Public Information. Her most recent work, With Eyes of Flesh: The Bible, Gender and Human Rights, presents a close analysis of issues of gender as they affect the Peoples of the Book and their view of women’s worth and dignity. Currently unpublished, her book Daughters of Allah: Tales of the Feminist Resistance in Iran collects the narratives of women freedom fighters in Iran and Iraq, and probes the relationship between reimagining Islam and female agency. She is personally acquainted with many friends who have experienced and survived Forced Migration during wars and persecutions, and their insights have informed the work presented here. Fontaine currently resides in the Berkshires where she is exploring local environmental and HR issues in rural communities, as she continues her work on goddess iconography in ancient Israel, and works in her glass-making studio.

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