Att olika religiösa grupper har betydligt mer gemensamt än vad som skiljer dom åt är kanske inte någon ny insikt, men resultatet kan bli förvånande.
För vem hade väntat sig att stora mängder muslimska studenter skulle komma att studera vid amerikanska universitet?
Richart Perez-Pena i New York Times skriver om den märkliga utvecklingen:
Muslims From Abroad Are Thriving in Catholic Colleges
DAYTON, Ohio — Arriving from Kuwait to attend college here, Mai Alhamad wondered how Americans would receive a Muslim, especially one whose head scarf broadcasts her religious identity.
At any of the countless secular universities she might have chosen, religion — at least in theory — would be beside the point. But she picked one that would seem to underline her status as a member of a religious minority. She enrolled at the University of Dayton, a Roman Catholic school, and she says it suits her well.
“Here, people are more religious, even if they’re not Muslim, and I am comfortable with that,” said Ms. Alhamad, an undergraduate in civil engineering, as several other Muslim women gathered in the student center nodded in agreement. “I’m more comfortable talking to a Christian than an atheist.”
A decade ago, the University of Dayton, with 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, had just 12 from predominantly Muslim countries, all of them men, said Amy Anderson, the director of the school’s Center for International Programs. Last year, she said, there were 78, and about one-third of them were women.
The flow of students from the Muslim world into American colleges and universities has grown sharply in recent years, and women, though still far outnumbered by men, account for a rising share.
Det här kan mycket väl vara början på en historisk trend, nämligen att amerikanska kristna grupper och muslimska sekter från Mellanöstern alltmer går samman i sitt motstånd mot det öppna samhället.
Ett nytt slags korståg kanske kan vara i antågande. Inte kristna mot muslimer utan religiösa mot det toleranta öppna samhället.
[tags]Muslimska studenter i USA, Muslimer i USA [/tags]