The relationship between religion and community

  1. One issue that has been raised in our readings and class discussion is the relationship between religion and community. With specific reference to Keeping it Halal, “Many Ramayanas” and at least two theorists (eg, Wallerstein, Paden, Smith, Osterhammel and Peterson, etc.), and other readings, dialogues, or class discussions as appropriate, discuss the relationship between religion and community, and how this relationship mayor may not be changing in the face of globalization. Has globalization affected religion’s link to community? Why or why not? If so, how? Will this change the way we need to study or think about religion? Be sure to use specific examples (give me quotations and page numbers) in your answer, and be sure to let me know how you are using the term “religion”. I do not want a dictionary definition of the term, but rather your own sense of what it means and the best way to use it as we study religion in the 21st century.

VERY CRITICALLY IMPORTANT (Please be sure to ANSWER within the paper EACH of the Questions below): will be graded on the ORGANIZATION, CLARITY and PERSUASIVENESS of your essay.

A) Discuss the relationship between religion and community, and how this relationship may or may not be changing in the face of globalization.

B) Has globalization affected religion’s link to community? Why or why not?

C) If so, how? Will this change the way we need to study or think about religion? Be sure to use specific examples (give me quotations and page numbers) in your answer, and be sure to let me know how you are using the term “religion”. I DO NOT want a dictionary definition of the term, but rather your own sense of what it means and the best way to use it as we study religion in the 21st century.