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By Stephen Prothero

ISBN-10: 0807830526

ISBN-13: 9780807830529

Promotional info/Publisher's precis - "The usa has lengthy been defined as a state of immigrants, however it is usually a country of religions during which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists stay and paintings facet via part. This ebook explores that state of religions, concentrating on how 4 lately arrived non secular 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 kingdom of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians," as preferrred court docket Justice Tom Clark positioned it. The members to this quantity take U.S. non secular range now not as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has develop into. Essays tackle no longer even if the USA 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and associations of the kingdom and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries outdated but particularly new in the US. This dialog makes a big contribution to the intensifying public debate in regards to the applicable function of faith in American politics and society.

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This finding is borne out in other measures, to which we now turn. 8). Almost 90 percent of mosque leaders agree. America’s Muslims want unequivocally to be political players. S. system are not popular strategies among mosque leaders. The primary motivation underlying mosque leaders’ desire for political participation is the protection of Muslim rights and promotion of Muslim interests. One leader, Ahmad Kobeisy, argues for a paradigm of ‘‘interaction,’’ which he describes as ‘‘the way of protecting the necessities without which Muslims cannot survive, let alone prosper.

9. asp]. 10. Ibid. 11. Kobeisy, ‘‘Interaction,’’ 77. 12. Armand L. Mauss, The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994), 4. 13. Richard Wormser, American Islam (New York: Walker, 1994), 51. 14. , 122. 15. , 54. 16. Husain, Woods, and Akhter, Muslims in America, 89. 17. , September 18, 2002. 18. id=240& itemtype=news]. 19. Robert D. : Tapestry, 1997), xix. 20. : Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, 1996), 42. 21. Berger, Far Glory, 37.

And Muslims have taken many actions that embody their commitment to full membership in American society. The overall impression is that the Muslim community is inextricably moving toward drawing the sacred canopy over America and that this movement toward legitimating the state has been accelerated by the 9/11 tragedy. The most common argument for the inclusion of Muslims in the American mainstream also serves as an important initial step toward legitimizing the United States. The argument is simply that Muslims are in fact Americans, are already acting as full members of this society.

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