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viii, 309 pages ; 24 cm
  • My Muslim American life
  • Muslims in history
  • Letter to a G-man
  • East of the Sun (west of the Moon) : Islam, the Ahmadis, and African America
  • Racing religion
  • Muslims in theory
  • Sects and the city
  • A bloody stupid war
  • The God that failed : the neo-orientalism of today's Muslim commentators
  • Muslims in politics
  • The rites and rights of citizenship
  • Between acceptance and rejection : Muslim Americans and the legacies of September 11
  • Fear and loathing of Islam
  • The Oak Creek massacre
  • White with rage
  • Muslims in culture
  • My Arab problem
  • Disco inferno
  • The race is on : Muslims and Arabs in the American imagination
  • Men behaving badly
  • Chaos and procedure
  • Coexistence
  • Our Muslim American lives.
Over the last few years, Moustafa Bayoumi has been an extra in Sex and the City 2 playing a generic Arab, a terrorist suspect (or at least his namesake "Mustafa Bayoumi" was) in a detective novel, the subject of a trumped-up controversy because a book he had written was seen by right-wing media as pushing an "anti-American, pro-Islam" agenda, and was asked by a U.S. citizenship officer to drop his middle name of Mohamed. Others have endured far worse fates. Sweeping arrests following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 led to the incarceration and deportation of thousands of Arabs and Muslims, based almost solely on their national origin and immigration status. The NYPD, with help from the CIA, has aggressively spied on Muslims in the New York area as they go about their ordinary lives, from noting where they get their hair cut to eavesdropping on conversations in cafes. In This Muslim American Life, Moustafa Bayoumi reveals what the War on Terror looks like from the vantage point of Muslim Americans, highlighting the profound effect this surveillance has had on how they live their lives. To be a Muslim American today often means to exist in an absurd space between exotic and dangerous, victim and villain, simply because of the assumptions people carry about you. In gripping essays, Bayoumi exposes how contemporary politics, movies, novels, media experts and more have together produced a culture of fear and suspicion that not only willfully forgets the Muslim-American past, but also threatens all of our civil liberties in the present.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781479835645 20160618
Green Library
CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01
xii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Choosing the Jesus Way uncovers the history and religious experiences of the first American Indian converts to Pentecostalism. Focusing on the Assemblies of God denomination, the story begins in 1918, when white missionaries fanned out from the South and Midwest to convert Native Americans in the West and other parts of the country. Drawing on new approaches to the global history of Pentecostalism, Angela Tarango shows how converted indigenous leaders eventually transformed a standard Pentecostal theology of missions in ways that reflected their own religious struggles and advanced their sovereignty within the denomination. Key to the story is the Pentecostal "indigenous principle", which encourages missionaries to train local leadership in hopes of creating an indigenous church rooted in the culture of the missionized. In Tarango's analysis, the indigenous principle itself was appropriated by the first generation of Native American Pentecostals, who transformed it to critique aspects of the missionary project and to argue for greater religious autonomy. More broadly, Tarango scrutinizes simplistic views of religious imperialism and demonstrates how religious forms and practices are often mutually influenced in the American experience.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781469612928 20160614
Green Library
CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01
xiii, 223 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: Potential Christians and Hereditary Heathens in Virginia
  • English Christians among the Blackest Nations
  • The Rise and Fall of the Anglo-Indian Christian Commonwealth
  • Faith in the Blood
  • Baptism and the Birth of Race
  • Becoming Christian, Becoming White
  • The Children of Israel
  • Epilogue: Christian Abolitionism and Proslavery Christianity.
In "The Baptism of Early Virginia", Rebecca Anne Goetz examines the construction of race through the religious beliefs and practices of English Virginians. She finds the seventeenth century a critical time in the development and articulation of racial ideologies - ultimately in the idea of "hereditary heathenism, " the notion that Africans and Indians were incapable of genuine Christian conversion. In Virginia in particular, English settlers initially believed that native people would quickly become Christian and would form a vibrant partnership with English people. After vicious Anglo-Indian violence dashed those hopes, English Virginians used Christian rituals like marriage and baptism to exclude first Indians and then Africans from the privileges enjoyed by English Christians - including freedom. Resistance to hereditary heathenism was not uncommon, however. Enslaved people and many Anglican ministers fought against planters' racial ideologies, setting the stage for Christian abolitionism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Using court records, letters, and pamphlets, Goetz suggests new ways of approaching and understanding the deeply entwined relationship between Christianity and race in early America.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781421407005 20160609
Green Library
CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01
340 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • When Christ crossed the Atlantic
  • Revolutionary visions in colonial confines
  • From light to white in the early republic
  • Body battles in antebellum America
  • Christ in the camps
  • Nordic and nativist in an age of imperialism
  • The great commission in the Great Depression
  • Civil rights and the coloring of Christ
  • A deity in the digital age
  • Epilogue: Jesus jokes.
How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In "The Color of Christ, " Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions--from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations--to show how Americans remade the Son of God visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice. "The Color of Christ" uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others gazed at a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America's most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780807835722 20160610
Green Library
CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01
xi, 214 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Zen's Personality - D.T. Suzuki -- Hyperreal Samadhi - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- The Monk Goes Hollywood - Kung Fu -- Conclusion - Spiritual Romance Today -- Bibliography -- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199738618 20160605
Saffron-robed monks and long-haired gurus have become familiar characters on the American pop culture scene. Jane Iwamura examines the contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media. Initial engagements with Asian spiritual heritages were mediated by monks, gurus, bhikkhus, sages, sifus, healers, and masters from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and religious traditions. Virtual Orientalism shows the evolution of these interactions, from direct engagements with specific individuals, to mediated relations with a conventionalized icon. Visually and psychically compelling, the Oriental Monk becomes for Americans a "figure of translation" - a convenient symbol for alternative spiritualities and modes of being. Through the figure of the non-sexual, solitary Monk, who generously and purposefully shares his wisdom with the West, Asian religiosity is made manageable - psychologically, socially, and politically - for American popular culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199738618 20160605
Green Library
CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01
xiv, 308 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
  • Tejano Catholicism and Houston's Mexican American community
  • Ethno-Catholicism : empowerment and way of life
  • The poor Mexican : church perceptions of Texas Mexicans
  • Answering the call of the people : patterns of institutional growth
  • In their own way : parish funding and ethnic identity
  • The church in the barrio : the evolution of Catholic social action
  • Faith and justice : the church and the Chicano movement.
In a story that spans from the founding of immigrant parishes in the early twentieth century to the rise of the Chicano civil rights movement in the early 1970s, Roberto R. Trevino discusses how an intertwining of ethnic identity and Catholic faith equipped Mexican Americans in Houston to overcome adversity and find a place for themselves in the Bayou City. Houston's native-born and immigrant Mexicans alike found solidarity and sustenance in their Catholicism, a distinctive style that evolved from the blending of the religious sensibilities and practices of Spanish Christians and New World indigenous peoples. Employing church records, newspapers, family letters, mementos, and oral histories, Trevino reconstructs the history of several predominately Mexican American parishes in Houston. He explores Mexican American Catholic life from the most private and mundane, such as home altar worship and everyday speech and behavior, to the most public and dramatic, such as neighborhood processions and civil rights marches. He demonstrates how Mexican Americans' religious faith helped to mold and preserve their identity, structured family and community relationships as well as institutions, provided both spiritual and material sustenance, and girded their long quest for social justice.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780807829967 20160528
Green Library
CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01
xi, 362 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Green Library
CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01