Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2007

byMalise Ruthven

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surrounding this complex phenomenon - one that eludes sim 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 theIslamist radicals who oppose them, it can mean Christians, Hindus, animal liberationists, and even Buddhist nationalists. Ruthven investigates fundamentalism's historical, social, religious, political, and ideological roots, and tackles the polemic and stereotypes surrounding this complexphenomenon - one that eludes simple definition, yet urgently needs to be understood.

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surrounding this complex phenomenon - one that eludes sim 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 ...

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 t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:February 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199212708

ISBN - 13:9780199212705

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Table of Contents

1. Family Resemblances2. The Scandal of Difference3. The Snares of Literalism4. Controlling Women5. Fundamentalism and Nationalism I6. Fundamentalism and Nationalism II7. ConclusionFurther reading

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`... an important contribution to the current political and cultural debates about Islam and the West, religious extremism, and the changing identity of supposedly secular societies.'R. Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame