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For Zion's Sake: The Judeo-Christian Tradition in American Culture

Fuad Sha'ban

For Zion's Sake: The Judeo-Christian Tradition in American Culture

Fuad Sha'ban

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264 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745322360 Published May 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745322377 Published May 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

This book explores the role of religion, especially religious extremism, in American culture. In particular, it examines the development of the Judeo-Christian tradition, its impact on America's self-image, and the way it has influenced America's attitude to the Arab World.

The Christian Right has become a very powerful force in American politics. Its basic belief in Christian Zionism has resulted in a steadfast commitment to the establishment of the state of Israel and to its aggressive expansion, and has made Zionism a central part of government policy, for both Republicans and Democrats.

Fuad Sha'ban shows how this is not a new phenomenon: what he terms the 'Vision of Zion' in American life has its roots in literature, the arts and internal politics from colonial times until today. Looking in detail at a wealth of resources, including religious and literary texts, as well as official political statements, he pieces together a subtle account of how America's Puritan roots have fostered a specifically religious political culture that encourages hatred and suspicion of the Muslim World in domestic and foreign policy.

Contents

Foreword by Dr. Louis J. Budd
Introductory Essay by Dr. Ralph Braibanti
Introduction
Acknowledgements
Part I - In the Beginning: Christopher Columbus and the Quest for Zion
Part II - Zion in America
1 - A Place for My People
2 - The Star in the West
3 - The Great Seal of the United States of America
4 - The Vision of Zion: The American Myth of the City on a Hill
5 - Zion and the African-American Experience
Part III - The Promised Land: American Travelers in the Orient: The Quest for Zion
Part IV - Religion in America
1 - The Judeo-Christian Tradition: Prelude
2 - The Role of Religion in American Life
3 - America and the Millennial Fever
References
Index

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