The Freedom to Do God's Will: Religious Fundamentalism and Social Change

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Gerrie ter Haar, James J. Busuttil
Psychology Press, 2003 - Religion - 254 pages
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Under the auspices of top international commentators, The Freedom to do God's Will considers the global impact of fundamentalism on religious traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. With special reference to human rights issues, women's rights and the influence of social factors, it brings a new dimension to a field of study often dominated by purely religious or political perspectives, whilst challenging received ideas about the violence and conservatism of fundamentalist movements. Illustrated with original case studies, the ten investigative essays from a multicultural panel of experts, each with specific local and academic knowledge of the faiths and issues they discuss, offer an intimate and highly specific portrait of why and how fundamentalism occurs.
 

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Contents

a comparative inquiry Gerrie Ter Haar
1
neither the end of history nor a clash of civilizations Abdullahi Ahmed Annaim
25
women and Islamic fundamentalism in Malaysia Sharifah Zaleha Binti Syed Hassan
49
religious fundamentalism and social change in the modern Jewish state Alice Shalvi
75
Christian fundamentalists in late twentiethcentury US society Nancy T Ammerman
89
the peculiar case of Mormonism Walter Ea Van Beek
111
Buddhist fundamentalism and social change HL Seneviratne
143
Chakravarthi Ramprasad
159
R Scott Appleby
197
James J Busuttil
230
Policy observations
238
Index
247
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Gerrie ter Haar is Professor of Religion, Human Rights and Social Change at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and an expert on the history of religions. James J. Busuttil, a former Wall Street lawyer and legal advisor with the US Department of State, is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Social Studies and editor of the bi-monthly Human Rights Case Digest.

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