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From the Publisher“Admirably concise, the book presents a comprehensivetreatment of the subject ... It’s a highly engaging andaccessible introduction.”
Times Higher Education
"Steve Bruce writes always with great lucidity from a clearlystated point of view. His essay on fundamentalism is no exception.It is well informed and easily accessible and it deserves to betaken seriously even by people who disagree with his view."
Martin Riesebrodt, University of Chicago
"The term fundamentalism is generally used carelessly, and oftenused rhetorically to suggest (for example) that American (orUlster) conservative Protestants are on a par with Islamistradicals. In this important and definitive book Steve Bruceprovides a trenchant sociological analysis of what fundamentalismis, and outlines its kinds, causes and consequences. He also setshis analysis of fundamentalism in the context of an extremelysuccinct account of secularisation. In particular he shows thatfundamentalism of whatever kind has no chance of succeeding. Thisis a very useful book for the commentariat as well the interestededucated reader."
David Martin, London School of Economics and PoliticalScience
"Trenchant, informative and wide-ranging, Steve Bruce’sbook demolishes popular myths, forcing us to confront the complexsocial realities of traditionally-minded religious communitiesthreatened by the incursions of secular modernity.Fundamentalism is essential reading for anyone seeking tounderstand the dynamics of religion in the contemporaryworld."
Alan Aldridge, University of Nottingham