Religious Diversity, Pluralism Redefine "Christian" America

September 22, 2010

Author: Banan F. Malkawi

Source: Ammon News

A discussion of Islam and Muslims in America and America’s relation with the Muslim world may be best understood and explained when viewed from within the context of the history, development, and status of religious pluralism and diversity in the United States. 

In a conversation via video-conferencing on Tuesday held at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, a panel of Jordanian scholars discussed religious pluralism and diversity in America and the U.S. relationship with Islam and Muslims with Harvard University religion scholar Professor Diana Eck, author of “A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation.”

On the occasion of the launch of the Arabic translation of her book, Professor Eck highlighted her work with the Pluralism Project, an ongoing study of religious diversity in the United States and a think-tank that explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration, focusing on the explosion of Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist communities, among others, in America over the decades.