Fundamentalism: The Search For Meaning

Paperback | April 14, 2005

byMalise Ruthven, Malise University of California, San Diego

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Since the end of the Cold War fundamentalism has been seen as the major threat to world peace and prosperity, a concern that was exacerbated by the events of 9/11, and the 'War against Terrorism'. But what does 'fundamentalism' really mean? Since it was coined by American Protestant evangelicals in the 1920s, the word has expanded its meaning to include radical conservatives or ideological purists in many spheres of activity, not all of them religious. Modern applications of fundamentalisminclude Islamist radicals in the Muslim world, the militant Israeli settlers who oppose them as well as Sikh, Hindu and even Buddhist nationalists who seek to justify their political agendas by reference to divine edicts or religious tradition. This exciting new book tackles the polemic andstereotypes surrounding this fascinating subject.

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Since the end of the Cold War fundamentalism has been seen as the major threat to world peace and prosperity, a concern that was exacerbated by the events of 9/11, and the 'War against Terrorism'. But what does 'fundamentalism' really mean? Since it was coined by American Protestant evangelicals in the 1920s, the word has expanded its...

A former scriptwriter at the BBC, Malise Ruthven has taught at the University of Aberdeen, at the University of California, San Diego, and at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Islam in the World; The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America; Islam: A Very Short Introduction; and A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on Ameri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.44 inPublished:April 14, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192806068

ISBN - 13:9780192806062

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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. Conclusion

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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