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Syllabus Fulbright September 2002

Required Reading List for Church, State and Society Seminar.

September 17:

Kosmin, Barry and Lachman, Seymour. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society. New York: Harmony Books, 1993. Ch. 2 and Conclusion. "Religion in American Culture: A Historical Overview."

September 18:

Eck, Diana. A New Religious America: How a Christian Country Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Fransico: Harper, 2001. Ch. 2. "From Many, One."

Lincoln, Eric C. The Black Church Since Frazier. New York: Schocken Books, 1970. Ch. 4. "The Nation of Islam: An Alternative to Black Religion." "What the Muslims Believe", "What the Muslims Want".

September 19:

Eck, Diana. A New Religious America: How a Christian Country Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation. San Fransico: Harper, 2001. Ch. 5. "American Muslims: Cousins and Strangers."

September 20:

Flowers, Ronald B. That Godless Court?: Supreme Court Related Decisions of Church-State Relationships. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994. Ch. 1 and pp 15-19. "The Court and Its Procedures."

September 23:

Garraty, John (ed). Quarrels That Changed the Constitution. pp 285-306

September 24:

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

Opinion polls from nine Muslim countries conducted by Gallup corporation.

September 25:

Abrams, Elliott. The Influence of Faith. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. Ch. 4. "The Political Sociology of the Crusade Against Religious Persecution."

Readings from the Pew Research Center For People and the Press. "Americans Struggle With Religion's Role at Home and Abroad." Taken from www.pewforum.com

September 26:

Huntington, Samuel. "The Clash of Civilizations?", Foreign Affairs. 1993.

September 27:

Smith, Christian. Christian America?: What Evangelicals Really Want. University of California Press, 2000. Ch. 1. "Making Sense of Christian America."

September 30:

TBA

October 1:

Readings from Religion in the News. Including, Silk, Mark. "Islam is Everywhere" From Fall 2001 Vol. 4, No. 3. and Walsh, Andrew. "The Scandal of Secrecy" and "Covering Islam in Egypt" from Spring 2002, Vol 5. No. 1.

October 2:

Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion. Princeton University Press, 1988. Ch. 8. "Mobilization of the Religious Right."

October 3:

Christiano, Kevin J., Swatos, William H. Jr., and Kivisto, Peter. Eds. Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments. Walnut Creek: Rowman & Littlefield Pub., 2002. Ch. 9. "Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism: Old-Time Religion?"

October 4:

Christiano, Kevin J., Swatos, William H. Jr., and Kivisto, Peter. Eds. Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments. Walnut Creek: Rowman & Littlefield Pub., 2002. pp 161-181. From the chapter, "Religion and Ethnicity."

October 7:

Sheler, Jeffery L. "Faith in America." From US News and World Report. May 6th, 2002. Vol. 132, No. 15. pp 41-49.

October 8:

Yazbeck Haddad, Yvonne, and Esposito, John L., Ed. Muslim on the American Path. New York: Oxford Press, 1998. Excerpts.

October 10:

Appleby, R. Scott. The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. Ch. 8. "Ambivalence as Opportunity: Strategies for Promoting Religious Peacebuilding."