After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement by Courtney Bender

After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement

byCourtney Bender, Pamela E. Klassen

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Religious pluralism has become a powerful ideal in contemporary life, defining the landscape of religious diversity while prescribing modes of acting across difference. Taking this ideal as a starting place, the contributors to this volume treat pluralism as historically and ideologically produced and as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique interrogates the possibility that religious difference itself is framed as a problem only pluralism can solve.

Working comparatively across nations and disciplines, these essays explore pluralism as a "term of art" setting the norms of identity and the parameters of exchange, encounter, and conflict. Contributors locate pluralism's ideals in diverse sites-Broadway plays, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and legal theories-and demonstrate its shaping of political and social interaction in surprising and powerful ways. Throughout they question assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its influence on the legal decisions that determine modern religious practice. Contributors do more than deconstruct this theory; they tackle what comes next. Having established the genealogy and effects of pluralism, they generate new questions for engaging the collective worlds and multiple registers in which religion operates.

Courtney Bender is associate professor of religion at Columbia University and the author of The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination.Pamela E. Klassen is associate professor of religion at the University of Toronto and the author of Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christiani...
Title:After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious EngagementFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 11, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Habits of Pluralism
Pamela E. Klassen and Courtney Bender
Part I. Law, Normativity, and the Constitution of Religion
1. Ethics After Pluralism
Janet R. Jakobsen
2. Pluralizing Religion: Islamic Law and the Anxiety of Reasoned Deliberation
Anver M. Emon
3. Religion Naturalized: The New Establishment
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
4. The Cultural Limits of Legal Tolerance
Benjamin L. Berger
Part II. Performing Religion After Pluralism
5. The Birth of Theatrical Liberalism
Andrea Most
6. The Perils of Pluralism: Colonization and Decolonization in American Indian Religious History
Tracy Leavelle
7. A Matter of Interpretation: Dreams, Islam, and Psychology in Egypt
Amira Mittermaier
8. The Temple of Religion and the Politics of Religious Pluralism: Judeo-Christian America at the 1939--1940 New York World's Fair
J. Terry Todd
Part III. The Ghosts of Pluralism: Unintended Consequences of Institutional and Legal Constructions
9. Native American Religious Freedom Beyond the First Amendment
Michael D. McNally
10. Saving Darfur: Enacting Pluralism in Terms of Gender, Genocide, and Militarized Human Rights
Rosemary R. Hicks
11. What Is Religious Pluralism in a "Monocultural" Society? Considerations from Postcommunist Poland
Geneviève Zubrzycki
12. The Curious Attraction of Religion in East German Prisons
Irene Becci
Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

After Pluralism brings us astonishing new insight into the underpinnings, uses, and limits of religious pluralism in many settings -- from US and Canadian law courts, to the sacred lands of indigenous peoples, the American theatre, Cairo television, German prisons, and more. Its closely reasoned and beautifully illustrated essays make us rethink the ways in which religions are and can be lived in the world. A deeply important book for our time.