American Judaism: A History

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Religion - 490 pages
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The world first took notice of a religious group called Falun Gong on April 25, 1999, when more than 10,000 of its followers protested before the Chinese Communist headquarters in Beijing. Falun Gong investigates events in the wake of the demonstration: Beijing's condemnation of the group as a Western, anti-Chinese force and doomsday cult, the sect's continued defiance, and the nationwide campaign that resulted in the incarceration and torture of many Falun Gong faithful. Maria Hsia Chang discusses the Falun Gong's beliefs, including their ideas on cosmology, humanity's origin, karma, reincarnation, UFOs, and the coming apocalypse. She balances an account of the Chinese government's case against the sect with an evaluation of the credibility of those accusations. Describing China's long history of secret societies that initiated powerful uprisings and sometimes overthrew dynasties, she explains the Chinese government's brutal treatment of the sect. And she concludes with a chronicle of the ongoing persecution of religious groups in China, of which Falun Gong is only one of many, and the social conditions that breed the popular discontent and alienation that spawn religious millenarianism.
 

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A comprehensive survey of the entirety of American Jewish history. It is written for the general reader but does not lack at all in depth or breadth. It is backed by original sources primarily derived ... Read full review

American Judaism: a history

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Sarna (American Jewish history, Brandeis Univ.) is one of the foremost scholars in a field that has developed only during the last generation or so. He gives full credit to the scholarly pioneer ... Read full review

Contents

1 Colonial Beginnings
1
2 The Revolution in American Judaism
31
3 Union and Disunion
62
4 Two Worlds of American Judaism
135
5 An Anxious Subculture
208
6 Renewal
272
American Judaism at a Crossroads
356
American Jewish Population Estimates 16602000
375
List of Abbreviations
377
Notes
379
Glossary
423
Critical Dates in the History of American Judaism
429
Selected Bibliography
441
Index
466
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