Presentation Title: Toward An American Islam: What the Constitution-Shari'a Compatibility Debate Reveals about American Religion

Section: Becoming One? Connecting Across the Divide III

Location: , 311

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:30pm - 1:45pm


This thesis examines the debate over the compatibility of the U.S. Constitution and the idealized body of Islamic religious law (the Shari’a) that was thrust into the American political spotlight during the 2011 Republican Party Candidate race and “9/11 mosque” controversy. The anti-Shari’a movement driving the debate and the American Muslim leadership’s response to it are analyzed through a sociological religious studies lens that applies the secularization theories of Charles Taylor, Peter Berger, Robert Bellah, and Mark Chaves.  Competing visions for the future of the Islam in the American religious landscape based on contradictory notions of sovereignty and authority challenge our assumptions about the true extent of the pluralism and secularization of the overarching American worldview.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Religion

Presentation Topic: Religion

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Presenter(s): Benjamin, Maria Roberta (Mia)
Major(s): Religion
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Anzali, Ata
Dept(s): Religion

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