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A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America [Paperback]

By Stephen Prothero (Editor)
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The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book explores that nation of religions, focusing on how four recently arrived religious communities--Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs--are shaping and, in turn, shaped by American values.
For a generation, scholars have been documenting how the landmark legislation that loosened immigration restrictions in 1965 catalyzed the development of the United States as "a nation of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, as well as Christians," as Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark put it. The contributors to this volume take U.S. religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become. Essays address not whether the United States is a Christian or a multireligious nation--clearly, it is both--but how religious diversity is changing the public values, rites, and institutions of the nation and how those values, rites, and institutions are affecting religions centuries old yet relatively new in America. This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society.

Contributors:
Ihsan Bagby, University of Kentucky
Courtney Bender, Columbia University
Stephen Dawson, Forest, Virginia
David Franz, University of Virginia
Hien Duc Do, San Jose State University
James Davison Hunter, University of Virginia
Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse University
Gurinder Singh Mann, University of California, Santa Barbara
Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida
Stephen Prothero, Boston University
Omid Safi, Colgate University
Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California
Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University
R. Stephen Warner, University of Illinois at Chicago
Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of California, Berkeley


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The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book explores that nation of religions, focusing on how four recently arrived religious communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in turn, shaped by American values. The contributors to this volume take U.S. religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become. This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society. The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book explores that nation of religions, focusing on how four recently arrived religious communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in turn, shaped by American values. The contributors to this volume take U.S. religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become. This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society.

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A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America by Stephen Prothero has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Multicultural Review - 05/01/2007 page 82
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/11/2006 page 51


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Studio: The University of North Carolina Press
Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN  080785770X  
ISBN13  9780807857700  


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Stephen Prothero is the chairman of the Department of Religion at Boston University. He is the author of" The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott" and "Purified by Fire: Cremation in American Culture." He has written for "Salon "and other publications.

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