By Stephen Prothero
The USA has lengthy been defined as a state of immigrants, however it can be a kingdom of religions within which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists reside and paintings aspect by way of facet. This publication explores that kingdom of religions, concentrating on how 4 non secular 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 improvement of the USA as ''a country of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians,'' as excellent courtroom Justice Tom Clark placed it. The participants to this quantity take U.S. non secular variety no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has turn into. Essays handle no longer no matter if the USA is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it truly is both—but how non secular 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 previous but quite new in the United States. This dialog makes an immense contribution to the intensifying public debate concerning the applicable position of faith in American politics and society.
Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, college of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia college Stephen Dawson, wooded area, Virginia David Franz, collage of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose nation college James Davison Hunter, college of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse college Gurinder Singh Mann, collage of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, collage of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston collage 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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One African American leader o√ers an argument based on civic responsibility: ‘‘We’re citizens. ’’ A few leaders reason that if they have to pay taxes, they should have some say about how the taxes are used. Those mosque leaders who ‘‘somewhat agree’’ with Muslim participation in politics sound a cautionary note regarding the proper place of politics in Muslim life. One leader agrees with political involvement but thinks that Muslims should not invest much time and energy in it. ’’ Many leaders, even those who strongly agree with political involvement, express concerns about the dirtiness of politics—involving their community in a game that seems to be about buying politicians and making deals with unsavory people.
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. ’’∂ In a Boston Globe article, a reporter describes a lecture encouraging Muslims to vote: The Iraqi-born Muslim cleric paces across the university classroom, his green tunic and black cape sweeping across the ﬂoor, as, spicing his adopted English with phrases from his native Arabic, he urges the students Isolate, Insulate, Assimilate 31 to vote.
V. every day. . π Most of these African American leaders, however, do not engage in public polemics against participation. The imams of the National Umma, led by Imam Jamil, follow his example in refusing to be involved in politics but not condemning those who do. In its earlier manifestation as the Nation of Islam, the asm also shared in the militancy of the 1960s and, like Imam Jamil Al-Amin, helped shape it. But under the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the asm has dropped its anti-American rhetoric.
A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America by Stephen Prothero