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New faiths, old fears : Muslims and other Asian immigrants in American religious life /
Bruce B. Lawrence.
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2002.
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xvi, 197 p. : ill.
ISBN
0231115202
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2002.
isbn
0231115202
catalogue key
4745721
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bruce B. Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor of Religion an chair of the department of religion at Duke University.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-05-01:
For a work on the subject of the faiths of Asian immigrants in the US, this book has little to say about what such people believed in the lands they left behind, or what they believe now in their new context. Instead, it speaks at length on the social, political, and religious tensions within American culture today. Lawrence (Duke Univ.) argues and laments that immigrants enter a racially divided culture and take their respective places somewhere in the pecking order that already exists. American culture is white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant, though Roman Catholics and Jews belong to it. He advocates that, rather than simply paying lip service to diversity, people should value all cultures. The problem is that American culture is different from the cultures the immigrants call "home," and amalgamation into one "melting pot" is no way to preserve their religious cultures. The challenge for Asian Americans is to understand where they are and where they should be in American society. Lawrence also argues that the 21st-century US needs to learn from these peoples and grant them full acceptance into American culture. It is difficult to fault this diagnosis and proposed remedy. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above. P. L. Redditt Georgetown College
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"This book holds strong challenges for students of immigration and immigrant experiences, for culture and media theorists, for scholars of race and ethnicity, for religionists (academic and practicing), for champions of 'the American way of life,'for proponents of multiculturalism, and for all who ponder what would make for a civil society." -- Robert Gregg, Stanford University
This is the place to visit to join the conversation about religion in America in the twenty-first century.
"This is the place to visit to join the conversation about religion in America in the twenty-first century." -- Alan F. Segal, Barnard College and Columbia University
Lawrence's breadth of scholarship, salient geopolitical sophistication and evident respect for all who have come to this country is breathtaking.
"Lawrence's breadth of scholarship, salient geopolitical sophistication and evident respect for all who have come to this country is breathtaking." -- The Reverend Canon Edward W. Rodman, professor of pastoral theology and urban ministry, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
New Faiths, Old Fears speaks to one of the most pressing issues of our time -- pluralism and its role in the construction of civil society. This book illuminates the changing religious landscape of America and clarifies issues related to inter-cultural and inter-religious pluralism.
" New Faiths, Old Fearsspeaks to one of the most pressing issues of our time -- pluralism and its role in the construction of civil society. This book illuminates the changing religious landscape of America and clarifies issues related to inter-cultural and inter-religious pluralism." -- Azim Nanji, director, Ismaili Institute, London
This book holds strong challenges for students of immigration and immigrant experiences, for culture and media theorists, for scholars of race and ethnicity, for religionists (academic and practicing), for champions of 'the American way of life,'for proponents of multiculturalism, and for all who ponder what would make for a civil society.
"Bruce Lawrence concludes his thought-provoking essay with a powerful critique of multicultural approaches that ignore divergencies within religious traditions..." -- Malise Ruthven, Times Literary Supplement
[Lawrence] speaks at length on the social, political, and religious tensions within American culture today... recommended.
"[Lawrence] speaks at length on the social, political, and religious tensions within American culture today... recommended." -- Choice
This book not only fills in some key theoretical gaps, but also offers new and hopeful models for conceiving of American diversity.
"This book not only fills in some key theoretical gaps, but also offers new and hopeful models for conceiving of American diversity." -- American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Spring 2006
"This book not only fills in some key theoretical gaps, but also offers new and hopeful models for conceiving of American diversity." -- American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences , Spring 2006
a compelling, informed critique and analysis that should provoke citizens to a finer citizenship
"a compelling, informed critique and analysis that should provoke citizens to a finer citizenship" -- James L. Peacock, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
an inventive and timely exploration of contemporary American religion, politics, and culture, and exploration that will surely stimulate further research and discussion
"an inventive and timely exploration of contemporary American religion, politics, and culture, and exploration that will surely stimulate further research and discussion" -- Karen Leonard, History of Religions
Bruce Lawrence concludes his thought-provoking essay with a powerful critique of multicultural approaches that ignore divergencies within religious traditions...
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Summaries
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As a result of immigration from Asia in the wake of the passage of the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act, the fastest-growing religions in America -- faster than all Christian groups combined -- are Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In this remarkable book, a leading scholar of religion asks how these new faiths have changed or have been changed by the pluralist face of American civil society. How have these new religious minorities been affected by the deep-rooted American ambivalence toward foreign traditions?Bruce Lawrence casts a comparativist eye on the American religious scene and explores the ways in which various groups of Asian immigrants have, and sometimes have not, been integrated into the American polity. In the process, he offers several important correctives. Too often, Lawrence argues, profiles of Asian American experience focus exclusively on immigrants from East Asia, to the exclusion of South Asian and West Asian voices. New Faiths, Old Fearsseeks to make all Asians equally important and to break free of traditional geographic markers, most reflecting nineteenth-century imperial values, that artificially divide the people of the "Middle East" from the rest of Asia, with whom they share certain religious and cultural ties. Iranian Americans, in particular, emerge as a vital bridge group whose experience tells us much about how Asians of many different backgrounds have found their way in their new nation.Beyond simply expanding and refining our conception of who Asian Americans are, Lawrence draws instructive comparisons between Asian Americans' experience and those of Native, African, and Hispanic Americans, exposing undercurrents of racial and class antagonisms. He concludes that we cannot fully comprehend the contours and valences of culture and religion in America without understanding how this racialized class prejudice shapes the views of the dominant class toward immigrants and other marginal groups.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Dealing with the period from 1965 onwards, Bruce Lawrence's study shows how race, religion and immigration have shaped American civil society. The study reveals that since the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 the traditional Asian religions have grown faster than Christianity.
Main Description
As a result of immigration from Asia in the wake of the passage of the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act, the fastest-growing religions in America -- faster than all Christian groups combined -- are Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In this remarkable book, a leading scholar of religion asks how these new faiths have changed or have been changed by the pluralist face of American civil society. How have these new religious minorities been affected by the deep-rooted American ambivalence toward foreign traditions? Bruce Lawrence casts a comparativist eye on the American religious scene and explores the ways in which various groups of Asian immigrants have, and sometimes have not, been integrated into the American polity. In the process, he offers several important correctives. Too often, Lawrence argues, profiles of Asian American experience focus exclusively on immigrants from East Asia, to the exclusion of South Asian and West Asian voices. New Faiths, Old Fears seeks to make all Asians equally important and to break free of traditional geographic markers, most reflecting nineteenth-century imperial values, that artificially divide the people of the "Middle East" from the rest of Asia, with whom they share certain religious and cultural ties. Iranian Americans, in particular, emerge as a vital bridge group whose experience tells us much about how Asians of many different backgrounds have found their way in their new nation. Beyond simply expanding and refining our conception of who Asian Americans are, Lawrence draws instructive comparisons between Asian Americans' experience and those of Native, African, and Hispanic Americans, exposing undercurrents of racial and class antagonisms. He concludes that we cannot fully comprehend the contours and valences of culture and religion in America without understanding how this racialized class prejudice shapes the views of the dominant class toward immigrants and other marginal groups.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
New Faiths, Old Fearsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
American Religion as Commodity Culturep. 23
Civil Society and Immigrantsp. 48
New Immigrants as Pariahsp. 69
Religious Options for Urban Immigrantsp. 87
Reimagining Religious Pluralismp. 105
Conclusionp. 133
Notesp. 145
Selected Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 187
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