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5.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of fundamentalism - one or two assumptions challenged, 19 Oct 2008
This review is from: Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
The book explores fundamentalism in the modern world, particularly its variants in the Abrahamic faiths, and also Hinduism. One thing that they all share in common is that they are, far from being throwbacks to the past, very much the products of modernity and post-modernism. That is, with the rise of modernity, multiculturalism and multi-faith movements, religions which previously took the truth of their religion for granted are now confronted by spiritual and secular competitors for the souls and passions of believers. To counter this, fundamentalism has emerged, which in all faiths is characterised by a rejection of pluralism, contempt and hostitility towards rival faith systems and an obsession with sexuality, especially female sexual behaviour.

The book is a short, but very precise introduction to fundamentalism, which is highly recommended.
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