Fundamentalist Mindset Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History

ISBN-10: 0195379667

ISBN-13: 9780195379662

Edition: 2010

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The lives of hundreds of millions of people have been saved and enriched by their strong religious commitments. And yet a global epidemic of fundamentalism draws many of the furiously religious to violence. In this penetrating book, a group of scholars illuminate the psychology of fundamentalism, focusing largely on this vitally significant intersection of religion and violence. What accounts for the violence that can be found among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors identify several factors: a radical dualism, where everything is divided sharply between good or evil; a pernicious literalism; group vulnerabilities; paranoid thinking; and an apocalyptic world view. After examining each of these characteristics in detail, and showing why they have the potential to lead to violence, the rich essays in this book explore such areas as Muslim Jihadi violence, as well as fundamentalism in the American experience. The book also highlights the psychology underlying fundamentalism that can be seen in such historical crises as the French Revolution, the Nazi movement, and post-Partition Hindu fundamentalism.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Charles B. Strozier is a psychoanalyst & the author of "Lincoln's Quest for Union" & "Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Contributor Biographies
What Is The Fundamentalist Mindset?
Definitions and Dualisms
Theories of Group Psychology, Paranoia, and Rage
The Apocalyptic
The Charismatic Leader and the Totalism of Conversion
Motivations for Violence
Fundamentalism and the Paranoid Gestalt
The Apocalyptic Other
The Social Psychology of Humiliation and Revenge: The Origins of the Fundamentalist Mindset
Fundamentalist Faith States: Regulation Theory as a Framework for the Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism
Christian and American Contexts
Eternal Warfare: Violence on the Mind of American Apocalyptic Christianity
Opening the Seven Seals of Fundamentalism
The Unsettling of the Fundamentalist Mindset: Shifts in Apocalyptic Belief in Contemporary Conservative Christianity
Global and Historical Contexts
The Psychology of the Global Jihadists
Ordering Chaos: Nazi Millennialism and the Quest for Meaning
Rumor, Fear, and Paranoia in the French Revolution
Hindu Victimhood and India's Muslim Minority
Conclusion: A Fundamentalist Mindset?
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