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Fundamentalism : The Search For Meaning

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Since the end of the Cold War fundamentalism has been seen as the major threat to world peace and prosperity, a concern that was exacerbated by the events of 9/11, and the 'War against Terrorism'. But what does 'fundamentalism' really mean? Since it was coined by American Protestant evangelicals in the 1920s, the word has expanded its meaning to include radical conservatives or ideological purists in many spheres of activity, not all of them religious. Modern applications of fundamentalism include Islamist radicals in the Muslim world, the militant Israeli settlers who oppose them as well as Sikh, Hindu and even Buddhist nationalists who seek to justify their political agendas by reference to divine edicts or religious tradition. This exciting new book tackles the polemic and stereotypes surrounding this fascinating subject.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 12.7mm | 199.58g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192806068
  • 9780192806062
  • 1,156,616

About Malise Ruthven

A former scriptwriter at the BBC, Malise Ruthven has taught at the University of Aberdeen, at the University of California, San Diego, and at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Islam in the World; The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America; Islam: A Very Short Introduction; and A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America. Now a full-time writer, he divides his time between London and Normandy.show more

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. Conclusionshow more

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... 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 * The first clear definition of this indispensable yet misused term. * Anoush Ehteshami, University of Durham * This is a gentle, civilised book, written with some style. I enjoyed reading it. * Sasthi Brata, Spectator 10/04/2004 *show more

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