By Stephen Prothero
The USA has lengthy been defined as a country of immigrants, however it is additionally a country of religions during which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists stay and paintings part via facet. This publication explores that country of religions, targeting how 4 non secular communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in flip, formed by means of 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 ideal courtroom Justice Tom Clark placed it. The members to this quantity take U.S. non secular range no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has develop into. Essays tackle now not no matter if the U.S. is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it's both—but how spiritual range is altering the general public values, rites, and associations of the state and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries previous but particularly new in the United States. This dialog makes a major contribution to the intensifying public debate concerning 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, collage of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston college Omid Safi, Colgate college 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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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.
The theological objections to participating in a kaﬁr (disbelieving) system have more resonance in these communities. 10 \ ‘‘Muslims Should Participate in the Political Process,’’ by African American Mosques (Percentage Agreeing/Disagreeing with Statement) American Muslim Society Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 90% 3 4 3 Historically Sunni Mosques 37% 22 17 24 Immigrant Mosques 74% 19 5 2 Note: N = 409 African American mosques, 114 immigrant mosques, and 295 historically Sunni mosques.
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.
A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America by Stephen Prothero