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Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction

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Fundamentalism is seen as the major threat to world peace 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 ideo
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Published 2007 by Oxford University Press (first published 2004)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Fundamentalism : a very short introduction (Very Short Introductions #155), Malise Ruthven, بیژن اشتری (Translator)
Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning (2005)
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم ماه مارس سال 2014 میلادی
عنوان: بنیادگرایی؛ نویسنده: ملایز (ملیس) روتون؛ مترجم: بیژن اشتری؛ تهران، شرکت نشر نقد افکار، 1391، در 237 ص؛ شابک: 9789642280964؛ موضوع: بنیادگرایی مذهبی، رادیکالیسم قرن 21 م
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Daniel Wright
The term 'fundamentalism' originally comes from a specific event in early twentieth century American protestantism. To what extent, then, is it applicable to anything else? A very great extent, argues Malise Ruthven. The use of 'the F-word' to describe political-cum-religious movements is characterized by a rejection of modernity. It is in this distinct from 'traditionalism' which is characterized as the continuation of pre-modern traditions that have yet to be challenged by modernity.

Ruthven is
Tabarek Raad
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Ruthven takes the reader into a semantic a journey to discover the roots of a word which is constantly shaking the world. Not a big fan of semantics though! the family resemblance Ruthven draws between the advocates of fundamentalism is worth mentioning since distinctions among them must not be drawn sharply. The paradoxical results the author brings about is really hilarious and shows how superficial these movements are, how manipulative they can be and how willing they should be to strike frie ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Although the author lays out some interesting ideas concerning “fundamentalism,” he has trouble defining it and doesn’t seem to see any of the strengths of the “fundamentalist” position. The author appears to be a typical secular humanist academic with all the baggage and bias that comes with that belief system.
Choong Chiat
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book provides a multi-layered examination and unpacking of the umbrella term or phenomenon of "fundamentalism".

By doing so, the author perhaps put forth the argument that "fundamentalism", especially the most recent variant of it, as essentially a reactionary response to the challenges brought about by modernisation and globalisation. One example of a challenge of modernisation and globalisation highlighted by the author would be that of the significant increase in the diversity of choices
Margaret Unger
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't feel "introduced" to fundamentalism after having read this book. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, but this book seems to have been written for the elite of the intelligent. Nearly every other sentence was run-on, full of sophisticated words and nebulous concepts that I found difficult to parse, much less understand. I found it jumped around without following a logical progression, hence making it even more difficult to understand. I might give this book another try at a lat ...more
Joshua Stein
Sep 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Ruthven's analysis is (as the title suggests) very brief. That's not to say that there aren't some interesting points in it, but there are so many examples that the points are difficult to materialize. That said, it's a worthwhile read for someone familiar with religious studies or religion in the modern world, but without a grasp of the history involved, it becomes something between difficult and impossible.
Maughn Gregory
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another jewel in the Oxford's Very Short Introduction series. A complex but compact primer on the many faces of religious fundamentalism and how they relate - and don't - to nationalism, secularism and many other 'isms.
Craig Bolton
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Malise Ruthven (2007)
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This book is amazing. Just read it.
Chris Comis
Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
What's that you say? No such thing as secular fundamentalism?? Gimme a break. Tell that to Dawkins and Hitchens. Two stars at best.
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Malise Ruthven is the author of Islam in the World, The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America, A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam and several other books. His Islam: A Very Short Introduction has been published in several languages, including Chinese, Korean, Romanian, Polish, Italian and German.

A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, Dr Ruthve