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Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199212705
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/23/2007
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 981,412
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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

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