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Nation of Religions The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America

ISBN-10: 080785770X
ISBN-13: 9780807857700
Edition: 2006
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book explores that nation of religions, focusing on how four religious communitiesMuslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhsare shaping and, in turn, shaped by American values. For a generation, scholars have been documenting how the landmark legislation that loosened immigration restrictions in 1965 catalyzed the development of the United States as "a nation of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, as well as Christians," as Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark put it. The contributors to this volume take U.S. religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become. Essays address not whether the United States is a Christian or a multireligious nationclearly, it is bothbut how religious diversity is changing the public values, rites, and institutions of the nation and how those values, rites, and institutions are affecting religions centuries old yet relatively new in America. This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society. Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, University of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia University Stephen Dawson, Forest, Virginia David Franz, University of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose State University James Davison Hunter, University of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse University Gurinder Singh Mann, University of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston University Omid Safi, Colgate University Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University R. Stephen Warner, University of Illinois at Chicago Duncan Ryken Williams, University of California, Berkeley

Introduction
Muslims
Isolate, Insulate, Assimilate: Attitudes of Mosque Leaders toward America
Progressive Islam in America
Buddhists
From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: Lessons from the Internment of Japanese American Buddhists
Reproducing Vietnam in America: San Jose's Perfect Harmony Temple
Tibetan Buddhism in America: Reinforcing the Pluralism of the Sacred Canopy
Hindus and Sikhs
Mr. President, Why Do You Exclude Us from Your Prayers?: Hindus Challenge American Pluralism
Sacred Land, Sacred Service: Hindu Adaptations to the American Landscape
Making Home Abroad: Sikhs in the United States
Church, Mosque, Temple, and State
From Alleged Buddhists to Unreasonable Hindus: First Amendment Jurisprudence after 1965
Agonistic Federalism: The Alabama Ten Commandments Controversy
Conclusions
The De-Europeanization of American Christianity
Religious Pluralism and Civil Society
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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