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Syllabus - Fulbright June 2003


Required Reading List for Church, State and Society Seminar.

June 4:
Mead and Hill, A Handbook of Denominations (skim)

June 5:
Ostling, Richard. 2000. "America’s Ever Changing Religious Landscape" in What’s God Got to Do With the American Experiment, edited by E.J. Dionne Jr. and John J. Diiulio Jr. Washington DC: Brookings Institute Press.

Dudley, Carl and Roozen, David. 2001. "Faith Communities Today: A Report on Religion in the United States Today" Hartford, CT: Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

June 6:
Bagby, Ishan, Perl, Paul, and Froehle, Bryan. 2001. "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait. A Report from the Mosque Study Project." April 26. Council on American Islamic Relations. (Download Acrobat file)

June 9:
Eck, Diana. 2001.Ch. 1. "Introduction to a New America". A New Religious America: How a Christian Country Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Francisco: Harper.

June 10:
Eck, Diana. 2001. Ch. 2. "From Many: One" Ch 5. "Muslims: Cousins and Strangers". A New Religious America: How a Christian Country Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Francisco: Harper.

June 11:
Hashmi, Sohail. 2002, "The Political Participation of American Muslims". Unpublished presentation made to Fulbright seminar September 2002. Download file in MS Word format.

Lincoln, C. Eric. 1974. "The Nation of Islam: An Alternative Expression of Black Religion" and "What Muslims Believe" "What Muslims Want" in The Black Church Since Frazier New York: Schoken Books

June 12:
McConnell, Michael, Garvey, John H., and Berg, Thomas C. 2002. Introduction. Religion and the Constitution. New York: Aspen Law and Business.

June 13:
Frazier, E. Franklin. 1963. "The Negro Church: A Nation Within a Nation" from The Negro Church in America Schoken Books: New York

June 16:
Bane, Mary Jo and Coffin, Brent. 2000. "Introduction" in Who Will Provide: The Changing Role of Religion in American Social Welfare. Edited by Mary Jo Bane, Brent Coffin and Ronald Thiemann.

June 17:
Firestone, Reuven. 2001. Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims. New Jersey: Ktav Publishing House Inc. (Skim)

June 18:
McBrien, Richard. 1994. "Forward". "Preface", "What is Catholicism" pp 2-17, "Teh Second Vatican Council" pp 246-248, "Revelation: Chapter Summary" pp 270-273, "The Significance of Vatican II" pp 655-657, "The Council Documents in General" pp 666-668, in Catholicism. San Francisco: Harper Collins.

Recommended: "Contemporary views of revelation" 246-273; "Islam" 374-376; worth skimming.

June 19:
Wuthnow, Robert. 1988. "One Nation Under God" p. 244-267 The Restructuring of American Religion. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

June 23:
Lonely Planet Guide to Washington DC skim

June 24:
Reichley, A. James. 1985. "Religion and Democracy" pp 340-360. Religion in American Public Life. 1985. Washington DC: Brookings Institute.

June 25:
Kuran, Timur. 2002. "Institutional Roots of Economic Underdevelopment in the Middle East" Journal of Economic History, 63 (June 2003): forthcoming. Download here.

June 26:
Huntington, Samuel P. 1993. "The Clash of Civilizations?" Foreign Affairs Summer.

June 30:
Soroush, Abdolkarim. 2000. Selected Passages from Reason, Freedom and Democracy in Islam New York: Oxford University Press.