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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 kingdom of immigrants, however it can be a country of religions within which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists stay and paintings aspect via aspect. This publication 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 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 USA as "a country 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. spiritual range no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has turn into. Essays handle no longer no matter if the U.S. is a Christian or a multireligious nation--clearly, it's both--but how spiritual variety 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and associations of the country and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries outdated but really new in the US. This dialog makes an immense contribution to the intensifying public debate in regards to the applicable function of faith in American politics and society.

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Another variable measures the level of conservatism/traditionalism in mosque leaders. 5). 6). Although the di√erences are not overwhelming, the more conservative mosques are more likely to be highly critical of American culture. 6 \ ‘‘America Is Immoral’’ by Islamic Approach (Percentage Agreeing/Disagreeing with Statement) Islamic Approach Contextual Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 26% 41 29 5 Literal 39% 33 16 13 Madhhab 13% 48 39 0 Note: N = 390. 004. Leaders who follow a traditional madhhab are less likely to ‘‘strongly agree’’ that America is immoral.

Unlike their liberal Muslim forefathers (and they usually were forefathers), progressive Muslims represent a broad coalition of female and male Muslim activists who aim not to develop new and beatific theologies but to e√ect change in Muslim and non-Muslim societies. ∑ I will come back to a fuller discussion of these broad commitments at the end of this essay. ’’ Progressive Muslims are found everywhere in the global Muslim umma. When it comes to implementing a progressive understanding of Islam in Muslim communities, groups in Iran, Malaysia, and South Africa lead the United States.

Unlike their liberal Muslim forefathers (and they usually were forefathers), progressive Muslims represent a broad coalition of female and male Muslim activists who aim not to develop new and beatific theologies but to e√ect change in Muslim and non-Muslim societies. ∑ I will come back to a fuller discussion of these broad commitments at the end of this essay. ’’ Progressive Muslims are found everywhere in the global Muslim umma. When it comes to implementing a progressive understanding of Islam in Muslim communities, groups in Iran, Malaysia, and South Africa lead the United States.

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