By Stephen Prothero
The USA has lengthy been defined as a state of immigrants, however it is additionally a state of religions within which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists dwell and paintings facet through part. This publication explores that state of religions, concentrating on how 4 non secular communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in flip, formed via American values.
For a iteration, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the advance of the us as ''a kingdom of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians,'' as best court docket Justice Tom Clark placed it. The participants to this quantity take U.S. spiritual range now not as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has develop into. Essays deal with now not no matter if the us is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it really is both—but how spiritual variety 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 USA. This dialog makes an immense contribution to the intensifying public debate concerning the acceptable function of faith in American politics and society.
Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, college of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia collage Stephen Dawson, wooded area, Virginia David Franz, collage of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose kingdom college James Davison Hunter, collage of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse collage Gurinder Singh Mann, college 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 collage R. Stephen Warner, collage of Illinois at Chicago Duncan RyÅ¾ken Williams, college of California, Berkeley
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This group seems to recognize the darker side of popular culture but to minimize its scope. Those who ‘‘strongly agree’’ see immorality throughout America. 2 \ Mosques Grouped according to Dominant Ethnic Groups (Percentage of Mosques in Each Category) South Asian African American Arab Mixed evenly South Asian and Arab All other combinations 28% 27 15 16 14 Note: Dominant groups have 35–39 percent of participants in one group, and all other groups less than 20 percent; 40–49 percent of one group and all others less than 30; 50–59 percent of one group and all others less than 40; or any group over 55 percent.
Unlike the immorality issue, this question elicits few di√erences among ethnic groups: African American and immigrant mosque leaders have virtually the same responses. The only signiﬁcant di√erences occur among the hsaam leaders, 30 percent of whom ‘‘strongly agree’’ that America is hostile, compared to only 8 percent for asm mosques and 14 percent for immigrant mosques. One hsaam leader remarks, ‘‘Those people know Islam—better than most of us. 8 \ ‘‘Muslims Should Participate in the Political Process’’ (Percentage Giving Each Response; ‘‘Don’t Know’’ Excluded from Percentages) Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 72% 17 6 5 ticipation, a clear correlation can be seen between those who ‘‘strongly agree’’ that America is immoral/hostile and low levels of involvement and negative attitudes toward involvement.
Advocates of liberal Islam have generally displayed an uncritical, almost devotional, identiﬁcation with modernity and have often sidestepped the issues of colonialism and imperialism. Progressive understandings of Islam, conversely, almost uniformly criticize colonialism both in its nineteenthcentury manifestations and in its current varieties. Progressive Muslims also advance unapologetically a ‘‘multiple critique’’ with respect to both Islam and modernity. That double engagement, plus an emphasis on concrete social action and transformation, is the deﬁning characteristic of progressive Islam today.
A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America by Stephen Prothero