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By Malise Ruthven

Fundamentalism is obvious because the significant probability to international peace this present day, a end most unlikely to disregard because the occasions in manhattan on September eleven, 2001. yet what does "fundamentalism" particularly suggest?

Since it was once coined via American Protestant evangelicals within the Nineteen Twenties, using the time period "fundamentalist" has elevated to incorporate a various diversity of radical conservatives and ideological purists, now not all spiritual. Fundamentalism may possibly now suggest either militant Israeli settlers in addition to the Islamist radicals who oppose them, it could possibly suggest Christians, Hindus, animal liberationists, or even Buddhist nationalists. right here, heart East specialist Malise Ruthven investigates fundamentalism's ancient, social, non secular, political, and ideological roots, and tackles the polemic and stereotypes surrounding this complicated phenomena--one that eludes basic definition, but urgently has to be understood.

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