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The FBI and Religion is the first book to examine the fraught relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and religious groups in the United States in the past century. Encompassing religious organizations from established institutions to extremist groups and covering a period that includes the World Wars, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, and 9/11, this book tackles questions important to understanding American religion, the history of law enforcement, and the future of religious liberty.
Sylvester A. Johnson is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Religious Studies at Northwestern University.
Steven P. Weitzman is the Abraham Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.
"Based on my government experience and knowledge, I find this book one of the best I have read in quite a while. Interesting, innovative, and insightful."—Loch K. Johnson, Regents Professor of International Affairs, University of Georgia
"A devastating portrait of the FBI as a regulatory agent in the history of religions. The authors prove that the FBI does not just surveil and capture criminals. It defines, classifies, and punishes those who organize collectively and speak prophetically in modern America."—Kathryn Lofton, Yale University