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Description - Fundamentalism by Malise Ruthven

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 fundamentalism include 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 and stereotypes surrounding this fascinating subject.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192806062
ISBN-10: 0192806068
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 128mm x 11mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Malise Ruthven

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 America. Now a full-time writer, he divides his time between London and Normandy.

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