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After Pluralism Reimagining Religious Engagement

ISBN-10: 0231152337
ISBN-13: 9780231152334
Edition: 2010
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Description: Religious pluralism has become a powerful ideal in contemporary life, defining the landscape of religious diversity while prescribing modes of acting across difference. Taking this ideal as a starting place, the contributors to this volume treat  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Religious pluralism has become a powerful ideal in contemporary life, defining the landscape of religious diversity while prescribing modes of acting across difference. Taking this ideal as a starting place, the contributors to this volume treat pluralism as historically and ideologically produced and as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique interrogates the possibility that religious difference itself is framed as a problem only pluralism can solve.Working comparatively across nations and disciplines, these essays explore pluralism as a "term of art" setting the norms of identity and the parameters of exchange, encounter, and conflict. Contributors locate pluralism's ideals in diverse sites-Broadway plays, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and legal theories-and demonstrate its shaping of political and social interaction in surprising and powerful ways. Throughout they question assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its influence on the legal decisions that determine modern religious practice. Contributors do more than deconstruct this theory; they tackle what comes next. Having established the genealogy and effects of pluralism, they generate new questions for engaging the collective worlds and multiple registers in which religion operates.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Habits of Pluralism
Law, Normativity, and the Constitution of Religion
Ethics After Pluralism
Pluralizing Religion: Islamic Law and the Anxiety of Reasoned Deliberation
Religion Naturalized: The New Establishment
The Cultural Limits of Legal Tolerance
Performing Religion After Pluralism
The Birth of Theatrical Liberalism
The Perils of Pluralism: Colonization and Decolonization in American Indian Religious History
A Matter of Interpretation: Dreams, Islam, and Psychology in Egypt
The Temple of Religion and the Politics of Religious Pluralism: Judeo-Christian America at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair
The Ghosts of Pluralism: Unintended Consequences of Institutional and Legal Constructions
Native American Religious Freedom Beyond the First Amendment
Saving Darfur: Enacting Pluralism in Terms of Gender, Genocide, and Militarized Human Rights
What Is Religious Pluralism in a "Monocultural" Society? Considerations from Postcommunist Poland
The Curious Attraction of Religion in East German Prisons
Selected Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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