10 Pages


Understanding a decentralised social movement
WithPaul D. Numrich

This chapter seeks to advance our understanding of the modern interfaith movement along two lines of inquiry. First, it argues that two key characteristics of the American political-religious field – interreligious exchange and religious freedom – nurtured this movement, and further, that a minimal threshold of these two conditions must be in place in order for the movement to emerge anywhere in the world. Second, this chapter examines the edges of the interfaith movement in the United States today, namely, interfaith activities that may barely register on our analytical radar and whose participants may not even self-identify as part of the interfaith movement. The chapter concludes with possible next steps in the socio-political study of the modern interfaith movement.