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Working Title: Indian Gurus: The Power of the Sacred Feminine Working thesis: While women have been historically marginalized in Indian guru-ship, the inclusion of women gurus has proved to be fruitful for Indian communities and for communities internationally, as in the case of Mata Amritanandamayi. Outline: 1. Introduction a. Define Indian guru-ship b. Brief history of gurus c. Introduce problem with domination of male guru-ship d. Thesis 2. Historical texts of Upanishads 3. Theological View –inclusive view 4. Introduce case study of Female Guru-ship (Amma) 5. Conclusion Bibliography: Pandya, S. P. (2015). Contemporary Female Gurus, their Movements and Followers: The case of Amma and Mata Amritanandamayi Mission. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 6(1), 75-99. doi:10.1558/ijsnr.v6i1.25760 This source will be used in my case study example. Goldberg, E. (2012). Indian Female Gurus in Contemporary Hinduism: A Study of Central Aspects and Expressions of Their Religious Leadership. By Marie-Therese Charpentier. Abo, Finland: Abo Akademi University Press, 2010. Pp. 395. Paper, €42.95. Religious Studies Review, 38(3), 188-188. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2012.01631_2.x This source helps my argument of inclusion of women in guru-ship. “Introduction: Hindu Female Gurus in Historical and Philosophical Context.” The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus in India and the United States, by Karen Pechilis, Oxford University, 2004. This book will be used for its introduction section that discusses Hindu female Gurus in historical and philosophical context. Sears , Tamara I. “Constructing the Guru: Ritual Authority and Architectural Space in Medieval India.” Art Bulletin, 1 Mar. 2008. This source helps my historical background and defining guru-ship. Warrier , Maya. “Hindu Selves in a Modern World : Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission.” London : Routledge. , 2005. This source will be used in my case study example. Lucia , Amanda J. “Innovative Gurus: Tradition and Change in Contemporary Hinduism.” International Journal of Hindu Studies , vol. 18, 2 Aug. 2014, pp. 221–263. This source helps my argument of inclusion of women in guru-ship and give historical background. I hope this is somewhat helpful.