Religious Fundamentalism in Developing Countries

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Using a variety of methodological approaches, this timely book offers a thorough examination of the impact and implications of religious fundamentalism in developing nations. The authors explore why and how adherence to fundamentalist principles affects the social, political, and religious development of such countries as Israel, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and the Philippines. One of the most significant contributions of this volume is that it challenges the assumption that fundamentalism in developing countries is based solely on religious motivations.

The authors maintain that fundamentalism of this sort is motivated by both religious and political convictions. This combination of religious and political motivations allows fundamentalism to exert a tremendous influence on the public policies of these developing nations. As the social fabric of such countries continues to be developed, it is clear that fundamentalism will continue to play a significant and potentially dangerous role.

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Historians, area scholars, and political scientists consider the history and implications of the worldwide drift towards radical conservatism as it has expressed itself in the form of fundamentalist religious movements. Not all the movements they describe are current, but the consequences of them remain. Islam in Pakistan, neo-Calvinism and the Afrikaner sense of self, black pentecostals in London, religious Zionism and Israeli politics, and Hindu revivalist economics in India are among the topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

SANTOSH C. SAHA is Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.

THOMAS K. CARR is Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Politics of Islam in Pakistan 9
2 Apartheid and Hermeneutics: Biblical Interpretations, Neo-Calvinism, and the Afrikaner Sense of Self (1926-86) 49
3 Religious Zionism and Israeli Politics: Gush Emunim Revisited 67
4 Swadeshi Economics: Toward a Critical Assessment of Hindu Revivalist Economics in India 91
5 The Rise of Neo-Fundamentalism in Egypt 121
6 Mission UK: Black Pentecostals in London 145
7 The Politics of Islam in Bangladesh 167
8 The State, Moro National Liberation Front, and Islamic Resurgence in the Philippines 185
9 Conclusion 201
Index 207
About the Contributors 215
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