The thesis of the book ‘Sacred Ground’ is so naive that it is nearly lovely. I say almost due to the natural extension of the tribe of extended family-based identities (nearly all religions declare their individuals as the chosen) is conflict. Mr. Patel’s woodland of co-existing religious identities that without a doubt ignores the secular society that provides the breath of fresh air. At satisfactory, the relationship of religious pluralism to an earthly society is communalist, however, is generally parasitic. It compensates for the sufferance of secularism with imaginary carving up that at pleasant leave society unscathed. In every case in the records, one of these clans typically rises and swallows the remaining.
He speaks of his Ismaili faith as a peaceful and loving sect, oblivious to the reality that it is most effective and because its individuals have in no way been in a role to dominate folks who disagree with them. All he had to do was look at his Alawite brothers in Syria or Twelver cousins in Iran as an example of how his clan would sooner or later act in solidarity.
He carries the identical simplistic wondering to his uncritical practice of a neutered model of Islam and alien to everybody who has had the misfortune of growing up underneath a religious dictatorship, as I used to be, and being pressured to read the Koran and Hadiths. The cherry on top, the whole thing is concluded in a gratuitous jingoism that hilariously fails at its try and endears him and his sincere, however inaccurate ideas to a much broad American target audience.
Themes; The book leans on the idea of a new America which is more tolerant and a great place to live for everyone. It also talks about the importance of a nation’s values and when to stand by them. The author presents thought-provoking ideas throughout the book through pluralism.