Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction

Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Malise Ruthven

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199212708
  • ISBN 13: 9780199212705
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones
  • Sales rank: 104,903

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Malise Ruthven tackles the polemic and stereotypes surrounding this complex phenomenon - one that eludes sim today, a conclusion impossible to ignore since the events in New York on September 11 2001. But what does 'fundamentalism' really mean? Since it was coined by American Protestant evangelicals in the 1920s, the use of the term 'fundamentalist' has expanded to include a diverse range of radical conservatives and ideological purists, not all religious. Fundamentalism could now mean both militant Israeli settlers as well as the Islamist radicals who oppose them, it can mean Christians, Hindus, animal liberationists, and even Buddhist nationalists. Ruthven investigates fundamentalism's historical, social, religious, political, and ideological roots, and tackles the polemic and stereotypes surrounding this complex phenomenon - one that eludes simple definition, yet urgently needs to be understood. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Malise Ruthven is a freelance writer and journalist, and visiting professor at the University of California, San Diego. A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, he holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He is renowned as a commentator on Islam and the Arabic world.

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Stimulating. Roger Hardy, New Statesman Review from previous edition 'Ruthven's careful analysis of the phenomena ... provides a much-needed mental map [from] one of today's most perceptive observers and historians of religion.' Guardian '...powerful stuff ... this book is perceptive and important.' Observer This is a gentle, civilised book, written with some style. I enjoyed reading it. Sasthi Brata, Spectator 10/04/2004 The first clear definition of this indispensable yet misused term. Anoush Ehteshami, University of Durham ... an important contribution to the current political and cultural debates about Islam and the West, religious extremism, and the changing identity of supposedly secular societies. R. Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame

Table of contents

1. Family Resemblances ; 2. The Scandal of Difference ; 3. The Snares of Literalism ; 4. Controlling Women ; 5. Fundamentalism and Nationalism I ; 6. Fundamentalism and Nationalism II ; 7. Conclusion ; Further reading