Summary of Fundamentalism

A Very Short Introduction

Oxford UP,
First Edition: 2004 more...

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Fundamentalism book summary
How the ideas of the pivotally important fundamentalism movement are confronting and shaping


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Don’t be deceived by how short this book is. It is an intellectual powerhouse that cleverly presents the major developments and nuances of fundamentalism in its varied religious, political and social forms. Author Malise Ruthven is an exceptional guide on this semantic, religious and social journey as he delves into uncharted territories that a casual reader would never even begin to think are related to this complex subject. In this provocative book, Ruthven draws amazing links among conceptual beliefs and modern issues, including globalism, feminism, nationalism, modernism and politics. Given how well this little gem sustains its high level of intelligent investigation, getAbstract recommends it to readers intrigued by the subject. Even if you know what the newspapers say about fundamentalism, you will learn something here.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What fundamentalism is;
  • How it began;
  • How fundamentalists and traditionalists are different; and
  • How modernity, nationalism and feminism affect fundamentalism.


What Is Fundamentalism?
Fundamentalism is a global phenomenon with political, social and religious variations. While the most spectacular expression of radical fundamentalism in modern times was the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, not all fundamentalism is tied to religion...
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About the Author

Scholar Malise Ruthven has taught at universities on both sides of the Atlantic. A Cambridge Ph.D. and a former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, he is a renowned commentator about Islam and the Arab world.

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