Studies in Religious Fundamentalism

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Lionel Caplan
SUNY Press, 1987 - Religion - 216 pages
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This book examines the specific circumstances that nurture fundamentalist beliefs and practices. It studies contemporary fundamentalist developments in several continents, involving groups associated with five major religions. The authors answer important questions regarding the 'rationality' of fundamentalism, its complex link with modernism, the nature of its relationship to a sacred text, and its perspectives on history and knowledge.

No fixed set of qualities defines fundamentalism. Since it implies a view of the universe and a discourse about the nature of truth, it encompasses and transcends the religious domain. For that reason, every movement or cause is potentially fundamentalist.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Quest for the Islamic State Islamic Fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran
25
Thank God Were Secular Aspects of Fundamentalism in a Turkish Town
51
A Case of Fundamentalism in West Africa Wahabism in Bamako
79
Rethinking Fundament alism the Readjustment of Jewish Society in the Modern World
95
The Khalsa Resurrected Sikh Fundamentalism in the Punjab
122
Incipient Fundamentalism Religion and Politics among Sri Lankan Hindus in Britain
138
Fundamentalism as Counterculture Protestants in Urban South India
156
The Moral Majority the Politics of Fundamentalism in Secular Society
177
Fundamentalism and Modernity the Restoration Movement in Britain
195
Author Index
211
Subject Index
214
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Lionel Caplan is a reader in the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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