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"At a time when misinformation and common misperceptions might aggravate international conflicts, Strong Religion offers an explanatory framework for understanding fundamentalisms around the world and establishes a vocabulary necessary for dialogue among different faiths and peoples." - Martin E. Marty

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After the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States, religious fundamentalism has dominated public debate as never before. Policymakers, educators, and the general public all want to know: Why do fundamentalist movements turn violent? Are fundamentalisms a global threat to human rights, security, and democratic forms of government? What is the future of fundamentalism?

To answer questions like these, Strong Religion draws on the results of the Fundamentalism Project, a decade-long interdisciplinary study of antimodernist, antisecular militant religious movements on five continents and within seven world religious traditions. The authors of this study analyze the various social structures, cultural contexts, and political environments in which fundamentalist movements have emerged around the world, from the Islamic Hamas and Hizbullah to the Catholic and Protestant paramilitaries of Northern Ireland, and from the Moral Majority and Christian Coalition of the United States to the Sikh radicals and Hindu nationalists of India. Offering a vividly detailed portrait of the cultures that nourish such movements, Strong Religion opens a much-needed window onto different modes of fundamentalism and identifies the kind of historical events that can trigger them.
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  • Series: The Fundamentalism Project
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226014983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226014982
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frankly, I couldn't put the book down. Although it is somewhat academic in its organization and writing style, I found it totally engaging. The authors outline the incredible rise and spread of fundamentalism in the 20th century and the similarities and differences among the movement as it is found in the various religions: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and even Buddhism. Having encountered fundamentalism at different times in my own life, I could relate to the whys and hows of people being pulled into such a movement. The authors do not leave us without hope. By understanding how fundamentalism rises, what the leaders are like, and the stages of such a movement, there are ways that we can work with this to bring these people back into the mainstream. Not easy, but also not impossible.
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Well written and carefully researched book, timely thinking on the rise of global religious fundamentalism. I haven't finished it yet, but I'm finding it fascinating. I got it out of the library, now I'm here to buy it.
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A sobering discussion on how religious belief can in some "true believers" result in their putting down others in the same faith communion or nonbelievers in violent ways, and how even political movements may have religious sources. It has a thorough discussion of such movements in many different parts of the world.
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