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

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Title: For Zion's Sake: The Judeo-Christian Tradition in American Culture
Author: Fuad Sha'ban
ISBN10: 0745322360
ISBN13: 978-0745322360
Publisher: Pluto Press; First edition edition (May 20, 2005)
Language: English
Subcategory: Americas
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Pages: 264 pages
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For Zion's Sake: The Judeo-Christian Tradition in American Culture by Fuad Sha'ban


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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.