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Diversity & Inclusion Reading List: Religion / Spirituality

A guide to readings and resources on the topics of ability, activism, ethnicity, race, higher education, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, and class.

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This incisive history upends the complacency that confines anti-Judaism to the ideological extremes in the Western tradition. With deep learning and elegance, David Nirenberg shows how foundational anti-Judaism is to the history of the West.

Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America

Examines the nature of community and religion in the United States, traces the origins of religious freedom along with its advances and setbacks, and surveys the diverse range of religious faith throughout the nation.

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Poverty and authoritarianism, conditions not unique to the Islamic world, and produced out of global interconnections that implicate the West, are often more decisive. The standard Western vocabulary of oppression, choice, and freedom is too blunt to describe these women's lives. This work is an indictment of a mindset that has justified all manner of foreign interference, including military invasion, in the name of rescuing women from Islam, as well as a portrait of women's actual experiences, and of the contingencies with which they live.

Islamophobia in America: the Anatomy of Intolerance

Five essays by six specialists on Islam in America provide important insights into Islamophobia as a conflict over American identity during a time of crisis.

Las Hermanas: Chicana/Latina Religious-Political Activism in the U.S. Catholic Church

The emergence of Las Hermanas: The social context -- Unidas en acción y oración: Chicana/Latina religious leaders -- Une nueva iglesia latina: Activism and alliances, 1971-1980 -- The challenge of being Chicana/Latina, Catholic, and feminist -- Transformative struggle: The spirituality and theology of Las Hermanas

Liberation Theologies in the United States

Black theology -- Womanist theology -- Latina theology -- Hispanic/Latino(a) theology- Asian American theology -- Asian American feminist theology -- Native feminist theology -- American Indian theology -- Gay and lesbian theologies - Feminist theology

Mitzvah Girls

Mitzvah Girls is the first book about bringing up Hasidic Jewish girls in North America, providing an in-depth look into a closed community. Ayala Fader examines language, gender, and the body from infancy to adulthood, showing how Hasidic girls in Brooklyn become women responsible for rearing the next generation of nonliberal Jewish believers. To uncover how girls learn the practices of Hasidic Judaism, Fader looks beyond the synagogue to everyday talk in the context of homes, classrooms, and city streets.

Strength to Love

This collection of sermons by the American civil rights leader explains his convictions about the conditions and problems of contemporary society.

Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice

A sourcebook of theoretical foundations, pedagogical and design frameworks, and curricular models for social justice teaching practice. Covers the most relevant issues and controversies in social justice education in a practical, hands-on format. Includes activities and discussion questions, providing an accessible pedagogical approach to issues of oppression in classrooms. Also focuses on providing students the tools needed to apply their learning about these issues.

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement

Moral Mondays gained national attention in 2013 as tens of thousands of citizens protested the extreme makeover of North Carolina's state government and over a thousand people were arrested in a mass civil disobedience movement. Every Monday for 13 weeks, Rev. Dr. Barber led a revival meeting on the state house lawn that brought together educators and the unemployed, civil rights and labor activists, young and old, documented and undocumented, gay and straight, black, white and brown.