Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan: New Threads in the American Tapestry

By: Raymond Brady Williams

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Landmark changes in the immigration law of 1965 admitted to the United States large numbers of immigrants from India and Pakistan. The religious groups formed by these new immigrants have exerted and will continue to exert significant influence upon the fabric of American religion and culture. This book is the first comprehensive study of the religious groups formed in the United States by Asian-Indian and Pakistani immigrants and of their patterns of adaptation and organization. Professor Williams provides an overview of the variety of religions practiced by these new immigrants, examining Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Zoroastrian, and Jewish communities, and the size and character of the various groups formed. Through analysis of demographic statistics as well as information gathered in extensive interviews with religious group participants, Professor Williams examines the trajectories of adaptation charted by these groups through the involvement in a wide range of ecumenical, ethnic, sectarian, and national organizations. Detailed descriptions of Swaminarayan Hindus and Nizari Ismili Muslims, two diverse religious communities, illustrate the national growth of immigrant religious groups and the formative power of their adaptive strategies, while religious profiles of Asian-Indian and Pakistani religious groups in Chicago and Houston illustrate varying patterns of development of these groups, Professor Williams assesses the current problems and prospects of Asian-Indian and Pakistani religious organizations and the influence of these groups on the shape of religion in America. Contents Preface; Introduction; Part I. The People and Their Religions: 1. A new pattern: made in the USA; 2. The religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism; 3. The religions: Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Judaism; Part II. Studies of Adaptive Strategies: 4. Their American cousins: adaptation of cultural groups; 5. Swaminarayan Hinduism: an ethnic religion; 6. Nizari Ismaili Muslims: a religious minority; Part III. Profiles of Religious Organizations in Metropolitan Areas: 7. Asian-Indian and Pakistani religions in Chicago; 8. Asian-Indian and Pakistani religions in Houston; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary; List of abbreviations; References; Index. Printed Pages: 336 with 1 line diagram, 7 half-tones, 7 tables and 2 maps.

Title: Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan: New Threads in the American Tapestry

Author Name: Raymond Brady Williams

Categories: Religion, Sociology & Anthropology,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 1988

ISBN: 0521359619

ISBN 13: 9780521359610

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Size: 16 Cms x 24 Cms

Seller ID: 006829

Keywords: Indian Caste Politics Society