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Democracy and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions


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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 fundamentalists / R. Scott Appleby — Exercise clauses : introduction and discussion / Catharine Cookson — Explaining the complexities of religion and state in the United States : separation, integration, and accommodation / Derek H. Davis — Public funds and religious schools : the next prayer debate? / John Ferguson — The rise of state law sanctuary for minority religious liberty in the wake of the fall of federal constitutional protection of nonmainstream faiths / Gary S. Gildin — Religious (ill)literacy and (un)civil liberties in the United States : past and present / Patrick G. Coy — The search for meaning in Islam : between violence and nonviolence / Sakah Saidu Mahmud — Islam at the crossroads of extremism and moderation : new science, global peace, and democracy / J. E. Rash (Ahmed Abdur Rashid) — The white man's wounded knee, or, Whose holy war is this, anyway? : a cautionary tale / Mary Zeiss Stange — Yesterday's love, today's ruins : Walker Percy's apocalyptic vision / Paul L. Gaston — Fundamentalism, democracy, and the contesting of meaning / Roger W. Stump — Dilemmas of Turkish democracy : the conflict between Kemalist laicism and Islamism in the last decade / Erstan Aydin and Yilmaz olak — Religious fundamentalism and democratic social practices : or why a democracy needs fundamentalists, and why they need a democracy / John P. Burgess — On naming religious extremists : the fundamentalist factor / William D. Dinges — Exceptionalism and the immigrant experience : America, an unfinished project? / Amira Sonbola — Goddess Amba unwelcome in Edison, New Jersey : report of a town's xenophobic conflation of race and religion / Vivodh Z. J. Anand — Liberalism and the challenge of multicultural accommodation / Jan Feldman — Diverse religious practices and the limits of liberal tolerance / Polycarp Ikuenobe — Dealing with the unfinished business of America : fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in the twenty-first century / Sanford Cloud Jr.

Product Details

Free Exercise and Diverse Visions
Kent State University Press
Edited by:
David W. Odell-Scott
David W. Odell-Scott
Odell-Scott, David W.
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Religion, Politics & State
Politics - General
Arctic and Antarctic-General
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