The research “The perception of the role of women in traditional and non-traditional religious communities in Armenia” was made by the Associate Professor at the Chair of History and Theory of Religion of YSU Faculty of Theology Hovhannes Hovhannisyan.
The study, which analyzes the perceptions of the role of women in traditional and non-traditional religious communities in Armenia, has been made among the community members, clergy and pastors.
According to the study, the perception of the role of woman largely depends on the religious or denominational peculiarities of the communities, as well different approaches, popular in our society.
“In recent times, some religious leaders and organizations are actively involved in the discussions, related to the term of “gender”, and their views are directly related to the misinformation disseminated by media,” - said Hovhannes Hovhannisyan.
The role of women in society is closely linked to stereotypes, which are particularly well seen in religious communities. The speaker noted that taking into consideration the growing interest towards religious institutions, as well as increasing strength and reputation of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the issue of the changes affecting perceptions of the role of women in the religious communities should be highlighted.
This study consists of two parts. The first part analyzes the perceptions of the role of women in traditional religious communities, based on the example of the Armenian Apostolic Church as this is the church of the majority and its study reveals the general approaches existing within the Armenian society. In the second part perceptions of the role of women in non-traditional religious communities that are predominantly Protestant and Pentecostal (e.g., Word of Life, People of God, Baptist Church, Reima Church, the Mormon Church, etc.) are focused on.