By Stephen Prothero
The USA has lengthy been defined as a state of immigrants, however it can be a kingdom of religions during which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists dwell and paintings part via facet. This e-book explores that country of religions, targeting how 4 spiritual communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in flip, formed by way of American values.
For a iteration, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the improvement of the us as ''a country of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians,'' as preferrred court docket Justice Tom Clark positioned it. The individuals to this quantity take U.S. spiritual variety no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has develop into. Essays handle no longer no matter if the USA is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it's both—but how non secular 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and associations of the country and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries outdated but really new in the USA. This dialog makes an incredible contribution to the intensifying public debate in regards to the applicable position of faith in American politics and society.
Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, collage 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 college Gurinder Singh Mann, college of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, college of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston collage Omid Safi, Colgate collage Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia college R. Stephen Warner, collage of Illinois at Chicago Duncan RyÅ¾ken Williams, college of California, Berkeley
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Lesser known is the Salaﬁ movement, an important school of Islamic revivalism. Salaﬁs espouse a ‘‘return’’ to the ways of the ﬁrst few generations of Muslims, called al-salaf al-saleh (the pious forefathers). Central to their methodology is renewed attention to the Quran and the sunna of the Prophet Muhammad. It is a mistake (though a common one) to describe as Wahhabi American Muslim organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Council of North America, although it is quite proper to think of them as Salaﬁ groups.
S. . S. ’’≤∂ Another prominent Muslim leader, Hamza Yusuf, has announced that he will drop any strident criticism of America and will focus more on a message of love and conciliation. At the 2002 Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America, which was attended by thirty thousand Muslims, American ﬂags were prominently displayed on the platform for the ﬁrst time in the organization’s history. During a commemoration of the ﬁrst anniversary of 9/11 in Toledo, Ohio, a young Muslim girl wearing the hijab (head scarf ) sang the national anthem.
Fundamental freedom of thought, conscience and belief. ’’≤≤ Peter Berger’s pluralism does not demand that one relativize one’s truth claims. A person in a pluralist society does not have to accede that his or her truth is of equal value as other truths. ) Muslim advocates of political participation are adamant about holding fast to that truth. ’’≤≥ Various Muslim groups have demonstrated their commitment to political involvement and their willingness to give a degree of legitimation to the state.
A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America by Stephen Prothero