Pious Passion

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Martin Riesebrodt's unconventional study provides an extraordinary look at religious fundamentalism. Comparing two seemingly disparate movements—in early twentieth-century United States and 1960s and 1970s Iran—he examines why these movements arose and developed. He sees them not simply as protests against "modernity" per se, but as a social and moral community's mobilization against its own marginalization and threats to its way of life. These movements protested against the hallmarks of industrialization and ...

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Overview

Martin Riesebrodt's unconventional study provides an extraordinary look at religious fundamentalism. Comparing two seemingly disparate movements—in early twentieth-century United States and 1960s and 1970s Iran—he examines why these movements arose and developed. He sees them not simply as protests against "modernity" per se, but as a social and moral community's mobilization against its own marginalization and threats to its way of life. These movements protested against the hallmarks of industrialization and sought to transmit conservative cultural models to the next generation.

Fundamentalists desired a return to an "authentic" social order governed by God's law, one bound by patriarchal structures of authority and morality. Both movements advocated a strict gender dualism and were preoccupied with controlling the female body, which was viewed as the major threat to public morality.

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Martin Riesebrodt is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Don Reneau is a translator based in Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Fundamentalism as a Sociological Problem 1
Fundamentalism and Sociology 2
Fundamentalism: A Disputed Concept 10
Fundamentalism: Toward Definition and Typology 15
Concepts and Theoretical Perspectives 20
2 Protestant Fundamentalism in the United States, 1910-1928 33
Ascetic Protestantism and Politics 34
Profile and Boundaries of the Fundamentalist Movement 39
The Ideology of Protestant Fundamentalism 47
The Carriers of Protestant Fundamentalism 71
The Causes of Protestant Fundamentalist Mobilization 85
3 Shiite Fundamentalism in Iran, 1961-1979 100
Iranian Shiism and Politics 101
Profile and Boundaries of the Fundamentalist Movement 119
The Ideology of Shiite Fundamentalism 124
The Carriers of Shiite Fundamentalism 147
The Causes of Shiite Fundamentalist Mobilization 164
4 Fundamentalism as Radical Patriarchalism 176
Fundamentalism as Radical Traditionalism 177
Basic Patterns of Fundamentalist Ideology 178
Basic Patterns of the Carriers of Fundamentalism 184
Basic Patterns of the Causes of Mobilization 190
Fundamentalism as Radical Patriarchalism 196
Notes 209
References 231
Index 257
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