Sacred Ground Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America

ISBN-10: 0807077526
ISBN-13: 9780807077528
Edition: 2013
Authors: Eboo Patel
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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack. In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force. In Sacred Ground, author and renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but a challenge to the very idea of America. Patel shows us that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” illustrating how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice. And now a new generation needs to rise up and confront the anti-Muslim prejudice of our era. To this end, Patel offers a primer in the art and science of interfaith work, bringing to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division and sharing stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism. Patel asks us to share in his vision of a better America—a robustly pluralistic country in which our commonalities are more important than our differences, and in which difference enriches, rather than threatens, our religious traditions. Pluralism, Patel boldly argues, is at the heart of the American project, and this visionary book will inspire Americans of all faiths to make this country a place where diverse traditions can thrive side by side.From the Hardcover edition.

Robert Kilkenny is Executive Director of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention and a Clinical Associate in the School of Social Work at Simmons College. He is coeditor of Mixed ; Mi Voz, Mi Vida ; and Balancing Two Worlds , all from Cornell.

Introduction
Ground Zero
The Muslim Menace
The Evangelical Shift
The Science of Interfaith Cooperation
The Art of Interfaith Leadership
Colleges
Seminaries
American Muslim Child
Conclusion
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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