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Open Hearts, Closed Doors: Immigration Reform and the Waning of Mainline Protestantism by Nicholas Pruitt

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“The Women’s Mosque of America: Authority & Community in US Islam” by Tazeen Ali

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“Ordinary Affects of U.S. Empire” by Candace Lukasik

Religion and US Empire: Critical New Historiesedited by Tisa Wenger and Sylvester Johnson “Ordinary Affects of U.S. Empire”, A review by Candace Lukasik “American imperialist culture has seeped into Egyptian blood.” – Kirollos  We sat on the back patio, eating watermelon in the heat of the sun on a chilly March day in 2021. Kirollos

“Religious Diversity’s Benefit for Democracy” by Robert Wuthnow

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“Natural Rights and the First Amendment Religion Clauses” by Vincent Phillip Muñoz

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