Pious Passion: The Emergence of Modern Fundamentalism in the United States and Iran

Pious Passion: The Emergence of Modern Fundamentalism in the United States and Iran

by Martin Riesebrodt, Don Reneau
     
 

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520074637
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/09/1993
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

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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