By Stephen Prothero
The U.S. has lengthy been defined as a state of immigrants, however it can also be a state of religions within which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists dwell and paintings facet through part. This publication explores that kingdom of religions, targeting how 4 spiritual communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in flip, formed through American values.
For a new release, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the advance of the U.S. as ''a state of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians,'' as ultimate courtroom Justice Tom Clark positioned it. The individuals to this quantity take U.S. non secular variety now not as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has develop into. Essays handle no longer even if the U.S. is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it truly is both—but how spiritual range is altering the general public values, rites, and associations of the country and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries previous but fairly new in the United States. This dialog makes a big contribution to the intensifying public debate in regards to the acceptable position of faith in American politics and society.
Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, collage of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia collage Stephen Dawson, woodland, Virginia David Franz, collage of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose country college James Davison Hunter, collage of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse collage Gurinder Singh Mann, collage of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, college of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston college Omid Safi, Colgate collage Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia college R. Stephen Warner, college of Illinois at Chicago Duncan RyÅ¾ken Williams, collage of California, Berkeley
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The religious group seeks to maintain its unique identity while claiming a seat at the table. In this phase, the boundaries of both are redrawn. In the 1990s, Muslims entered this negotiation phase. The formation of national public advocacy groups such as the American Muslim Council (1990), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (1994), the American Muslim Alliance (1994), and the Muslim Public A√airs Council (1988), catalyzed the situation, with these groups ﬁghting discrimination, encouraging Muslim participation in politics, and demanding Muslims’ full acceptance into ‘‘AbraIsolate, Insulate, Assimilate 37 hamic’’ America.
20. : Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, 1996), 42. 21. Berger, Far Glory, 37. 22. 5 (September–October 2001): 33. 23. , 30. 24. Muqtedar Khan, ‘‘A Memo to American Muslim Leadership,’’ Muslim Observer, October 2001, 21. 25. Berger, Far Glory, 46. 42 ihsan bagby OM i D S A F I 2 Progressive Islam in America The catastrophic events of 9/11 catapulted Muslims and Islam into American public consciousness. Muslims previously entered the spotlight almost always in response to Middle Eastern political events such as the Iranian hostage crisis, the first Gulf" war, the rise of the Taliban, and the ongoing Palestine/Israel tragedy.
1 \ ‘‘America Is an Immoral, Corrupt Society’’ (Percentage Giving Each Response; ‘‘Don’t Know’’ Excluded from Percentages) Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 28% 39 27 6 prevalence of alcohol and drug consumption. Muslims feel great tension between normative Islamic culture and American society, especially in the arena of popular culture. And no wonder. Normative Islamic culture forbids premarital sex, dating, casual social interaction and touching between the sexes, homosexuality, alcohol and drug consumption, and the public show of a woman’s body.
A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America by Stephen Prothero