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A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America

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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 Amer ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by University of North Carolina Press
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Riah
Some of the chapters in this book were quite strong (in particular the ones Japanese Buddhists and internment, Hinduism and American geography and the de-whitening of Christianity). I also thought the final chapter did a nice job tying everything together. But the first section, on Muslims, didn't do much for me. Both chapters focused pretty narrowly on post-9/11 America, but were broadly inclusive in terms of racial/ethnic groups. The chapters in the other religions' sections did the opposite, ...more
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Oct 31, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people in religious studies & politics
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checked it out for only one article by ihsan bagby about american mosque leader's attitudes towards political participation. very interesting article.

the article following this was by omid safi on progressive islam in america. i only scanned through this (i have problems with "progressive islam," not so much for what it stands for, but more so for the wrong use of the word "progressive": I expected more grassroots political views - bringing politics back to the people. it's the nomenclature that
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Stephen Prothero is a professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, most recently Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn't and American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Idol. He has commented on religion on dozens of National Public Radio programs and on television on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, MSNBC and Comedy Cent ...more
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