Politics and Religion in the United States and France

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Overview

Religion and Politics in France and the United States compares the current status and views of Jews, Christians, and Muslims regarding political life in two states. Longstanding traditions of laicite and of constitutional law frame discussions of political speech, voting patterns, and attempts to deal with demographic and cultural shifts characteristic of French and American societies. Papers by leading scholars demonstrate the ways that historical experience sheds light on current events; how it is, for example, that previous efforts to deal with religious difference affect current approaches to the display of religious symbols in state schools, or how the struggles of minority groups for recognition affect voting patterns. One question running throughout the volume is, what can French and American policymakers and citizens learn from one another, as they seek to deal with the challenges presented by contemporary life?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739119297
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction   Alec G. Hargreaves   John Kelsay   Sumner B. Twiss     ix
Historical and Constitutional Frameworks     1
Religion, Politics, and Law in the United States in Comparative Perspective   T. Jeremy Gunn     3
Historical and Constitutional Relations between Churches and the State in France   Remy Schwartz     15
Protestantism     27
Religious Freedom and American Protestantism   David Little     29
Putting God into the City: Protestants in France   Sebastien Fath     49
Catholicism     63
The Catholic Story: The Political Consequences of Internal Pluralism   R. Scott Appleby     65
French Catholics, Secularization, and Politics   Blandine Chelini-Poni     79
Judaism     95
The American Jewish Experience   Michael Berenbaum     97
From Assimilation to Post-Republicanism: Jews in France   Michel Wieviorka     111
Islam     121
To Vote or not to Vote: The Politicization of American Islam   Liyakat Takim     123
From Migrants to Citizens: Muslims in France   Catherine Wihtol de Wenden     139
Conclusions     155
Current issues in France   Jean Bauberot     157
Politicized Religion in France and the United States: Different Histories, Common Ideals, Similar Dilemmas   Amanda Porterfield     171
Index     183
About the Contributors     197
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