Fundamentalism The Search for Meaning

ISBN-10: 0192806068

ISBN-13: 9780192806062

Edition: 2005

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Description: 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? This is the first book to expose the real nature and spread of both secular and religious fundamentalism worldwide, and to explore the many different forms this can take. Fundamentalism is a problematic term that eludes easy definitions. 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. While questioning its usefulness as a term, Malise Ruthven argues that there are some 'family resemblances' between different fundamentalist movements, especially over concerns national identity and gender in a world dominated by the mass media and economic globalization.

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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Malise Ruthven is a former editor with the BBC Arabic Service and World Service in London and is the author of Islam in the World and Islam: A Very Short Introduction.

Family Resemblances
The Scandal of Difference
The Snares of Literalism
Controlling Women
Fundamentalism and Nationalism I
Fundamentalism and Nationalism II
Conclusion
Notes
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