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Democracy and religion : free exercise and diverse visions /
edited by David Odell-Scott.
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Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c2004.
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xiii, 384 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0873387953 (alk. paper), 9780873387958
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Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c2004.
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0873387953 (alk. paper)
9780873387958
catalogue key
5207891
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 348-367) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-12-01:
This book offers a rich, engaging collection of essays focused on the place of religion in modern liberal democracy. The essays address four central themes: constitutional debates concerning the establishment and free exercise clauses; religion, violence, and nonviolence; conflicts within democratic societies over the rise of religious fundamentalism; and the challenge of minority religious practices to central tenets of liberalism. The book is framed by essays seeking to excavate the roots of religious violence and to promote religious peace. The four sections open with introductory essays providing invaluable insight into the broader social and theoretical contexts. A central theme of these writers is the effort to break from essentialist understandings of religion and democracy, seeing both as variable and contextual phenomena subject to constant change. The essays offer invaluable concrete examples and reflective analysis, and address a broad range of religious perspectives and foreground issues of class and gender. The collection is a substantive contribution to understanding contemporary religious diversity and the deep challenges facing pluralist democracy. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. R. Styers University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Compiled from papers delivered at the third annual Kent State University Symposium on Democracy held in spring 2002, Democracy and Religion explores the interrelations of politics and religion. Discussions include an explanation of the complexities of religion and state in the United States, encompassing separation, integration, and accommodation, as well as past and present religious literacy and civil liberties, and an examination of violence and nonviolence, extremism and moderation, in Islam.
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Compiled from papers delivered at the third annual Kent State University Symposium on Democracy held in spring 2002, Democracy and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions explores the interrelations of politics and religion. The work is divided into four main sections: the constitutional debate regarding the establishment and free exercise of religion clause, the themes of violence and nonviolence as they relate to religion, the free exercise of religion and the rise of fundamentalism, and the challenges to the free exercise of diverse religious practices in a democratic society. Each of the main categories is subsequently broken down and examined in-depth by an expert in the field. Discussions include an explanation of the complexities of religion and state in the United States, encompassing separation, integration, and accommodation, as well as past and present religious literacy and civil liberties, and an examination of violence and nonviolence, extremism and moderation, in Islam. This compilation of essays will fascinate those with an interest in the complex relationship between religion and politics.
Table of Contents
The theo-democratic vision of religious fundamentalistsp. 1
Exercise clauses : introduction and discussionp. 19
Explaining the complexities of religion and state in the United States : separation, integration, and accommodationp. 33
Public funds and religious schools : the next prayer debate?p. 48
The rise of state law sactuary for minority religious liberty in the wake of the fall of federal constitutional protection of nonmainstream faithsp. 89
Religious (Ill)literacy and (un)civil liberties in the United States : past and presentp. 105
The search for meaning in Islam : between violence and nonviolencep. 115
Islam at the crossroads of extremism and moderation : new science, global peace, and democracyp. 139
The white man's Wounded Knee, or, whose holy war is this, anyway? : a cautionary talep. 156
Yesterday's love, today's ruins : Walker Percy's apocalyptic visionp. 175
Fundamentalism, democracy, and the contesting of meaningp. 185
Dilemmas of Turkish democracy : the encounter between Kemalist laicism and Islamism in 1990s Turkeyp. 202
Religious fundamentalism and democratic social practices : or, why a democracy needs fundamentalists, and why they need a democracyp. 221
On naming religious extremists : the "fundamentalist" factorp. 243
Exceptionalism and the immigrant experience : America, an unfinished project?p. 269
Goddess Amba unwelcome in Edison, New Jersey : report of a town's xenophobic conflation of race and religionp. 282
Liberalism and the challenge of multicultural accommodationp. 293
Diverse religious practices and the limits of liberal tolerancep. 309
Dealing with the unfinished business of America : fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in the twenty-first centuryp. 336
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