Decentering Discussions on Religion and State

Decentering Discussions on Religion and State : Emerging Narratives, Challenging Perspectives

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This volume explores dynamic conversations through history between individuals and communities over questions about religion and state. Divided into two sections, our authors begin with considerations on the separation of religion and state, as well as Roger Williams' concept of religious freedom. Authors in the first half consider nuanced debates centered on emerging narratives, with particular emphasis on Native America, Early Americans, and experiences in American immigration after Independence. The first half of the volume examines voices in American History as they publicly engage with notions of secular ideology. Discussions then shift as the volume broadens to world perspectives on religion-state relations. Authors consider critical questions of nation, religious identity and transnational narratives. The intent of this volume is to privilege new narratives about religion-state relations. Decentering discussions away from national narratives allows for emerging voices at the individual and community levels. This volume offers readers new openings through which to understand critical but overlooked interactions between individuals and groups of people with the state over questions about more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 charts, 1 tables
  • 0739193252
  • 9780739193259

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This imaginative volume shines light on neglected dimensions of a perennially important topic-the interaction of religion and politics. Engaging both American and global perspectives, and using the latest methods in history, anthropology, religious studies, and political science, the essays in this collection are remarkable for their range and diversity. The scholars assembled here model the way forward in the study of religion-state relations. -- Matthew S. Hedstrom, University of Virginia This wide-ranging anthology of sixteen well documented essays offers new knowledge on the relationship of religion and state. It is a worthy continuation of the late Josh Stein's success in making Roger Williams University a preeminent forum on the subject of religious freedom that is so appropriate to the spirit of its namesake. -- Lawrence B. Goodheart, University of Connecticut This collection is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the fundamental role that religion played and continues to play in the formation of both political thought and identities. It is a thought provoking engagement with religion in context applied to both historical and contemporary relations between church and state-a refreshing study to be sure. -- Sara Kitzinger, The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts The variety of themes and perspectives represented characterizes the swirl of intense discourses that typify discussion of "religion" and "state" in the field of religious studies at present... There is now a substantial body of literature in religious studies that confronts the variability, ambiguity, and ever-shifting contingency of the concepts on which the discipline itself is based... The editors have productively stirred the pot of discourse about religion, American history, and global politics with this publication. I look forward to seeing how they build upon their achievement in future conferences and collections. Reading Religionshow more

About Sargon George Donabed

Sargon George Donabed is assistant professor of history at Roger Williams University. Autumn Quezada-Grant is assistant professor of history at Roger Williams more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Sectarian Friend: Elias Hicks and the Second Great Awakening Matt McCook Chapter 2: "Their supervision was temporal not ecclesiastical": The Establishment of Marshpee Parish, 1834-1840 Nicole Breault Chapter 3: "It Forbids You the Right to Do Right": The First Amendment Critique of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law James Tackach Chapter 4: "Soul Libertie" versus the Sons and Daughters of Eire: The Irish Catholic Immigrant in Rhode Island Debra A. Mulligan Chapter 5: Altering Landscapes: French-Canadian Catholics and Ethnic-Styled Unionism in Woonsocket, Rhode Island Louise M. Doire Chapter 6: Stories the State Tells Itself: The Supreme Court and "Religion" Since 1947 Michael Graziano Chapter 7: Tempest in a Teacup: Warping the Church-State Divide Kristen Shedd Chapter 8: Fighting the Winds of Change: Texas Baptists and the Separation of Church and State, 1970-1985 Blake Ellis Chapter 9: Silence and the City: Political Theology and Occupy Wall Street Jordan E. MillerChapter 10: Visions of al-Quds: Fragments of a Palestinian Imagination Ryan M. Hammack Chapter 11: Confronting the "Normative Abyss": The Challenges and Resources in Catholic Ethics for the Global Age Daniel J. Daly Chapter 12: Political Functions of Serbian Orthodox Church in United States of America (1945-1991) Marko Vekovic Chapter 13: Sacred Confronts Profane: The Salafi Political Experience in Egypt, 2011-2013 Douglas H. Garrison Chapter 14: Church-State Relations in the "New Egypt" Paul S. Rowe Chapter 15: State-Sponsored Religion as Impediment to Assimilation and Immigration: A Look at Europe Tadeusz Kugler Chapter 16: Preventing Religious Genocide: From the War in Biafra to the Torture Convention Hannibal Travisshow more

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