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Religion and Progressive ActivismNew Stories About Faith and Politics$
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Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001

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Progressive Activism among Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims in the U.S.

Progressive Activism among Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims in the U.S.

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Religion and Progressive Activism

Grace Yukich

NYU Press

Grace Yukich’s chapter observes that most of the research in the field (including in this volume) focuses on activism emerging out of Christian congregations, and on the ways their efforts are positioned in relation to the religious Right and/or secular progressives. Yukich argues that this focus limits the field’s understanding of progressive political action by Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim groups. The chapter further notes that these faith traditions may be overlooked in part because they are not necessarily “congregational” in form and do not orient themselves toward these U.S.-centric political reference points. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims in the U.S., the chapter discusses alternative paths through which members of these groups understand and engage in social change.

Keywords:   religious Right, secular progressives, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, congregations, interviews, social change

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