The second edition of Understanding Fundamentalism provides a compelling and up to date picture of religious reactions against the modern secular world. Comparing Christian, Islamic, and Jewish fundamentalist movements, anthropologist Richard Antoun shows how all three share common characteristics. The new edition addresses fundamentalism in the post-9/11 world, transnational religion, and the impact of religious migration on Afghanistan and Western Europe.
Richard T. Antoun is professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton and the author of several books, including Arab Village, Low-Key Politics, and Muslim Preacher in the Modern World.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Complexity of Scripturalism Chapter 3 The Past in the Present: "Traditioning", the Proof-text, and the Covenant Chapter 4 Three Strategies in the Quest for Purity Chapter 5 Activism and Totalism Chapter 6 Selective Modernization and Controlled Acculturation Chapter 7 Transnational Religion Before and After 9/11: Muslims in Western Europe and Afghanistan Chapter 8 Glossary Chapter 9 Suggestions for Further Reading