Fundamentalism

ISBN-10: 0199212708

ISBN-13: 9780199212705

Edition: 2007

Authors: Malise Ruthven

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Fundamentalism is seen as the major threat to world peace 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. Here, Middle East expert Malise Ruthven investigates fundamentalism's historical, social, religious, political, and ideological roots, and tackles the polemic and stereotypes surrounding this complex phenomena--one that eludes simple definition, yet urgently needs to be understood.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
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.

Preface
List of illustrations
Family resemblances
The scandal of difference
The snares of literalism
Controlling women
Fundamentalism and nationalism I
Fundamentalism and nationalism II
Conclusion
References
Further reading
Index
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