Review by Choice Review
This large volume is the first in a proposed series of six volumes, part of the Fundamentalism Project being conducted under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 14 scholarly essays presented here explore the various "modern religious fundamentalisms" found throughout the world and within the world's major religions and faiths. These include Protestantism (North and South American); Catholicism (US); Judaism (Haredim and Gush Emunim); Islam (Sunni Arab World, South Asia, Iran, etc., Malaysia); as well as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Sikhism, and "Fundamentalism in Japan"). It is recognized that these essays are not "exhaustive" of any discussion of fundamentalism; together, however, they constitute a rather encyclopedic wealth of information (with extensive footnotes and select bibliography at the end of each essay together with a lengthy glossary and index). The contribution of each scholar has been carefully critiqued and reviewed in a scholarly conference to ensure that the "greatest possible measure of fairness be present and demonstrated." The introduction provides a "User's Guide" (definitions, goals, etc.), while the conclusion (by Marty and Appleby) presents a detailed summary and review of the "family traits" that can be said to "recur frequently in these historical and phenomenological essays." An invaluable work for all seeking an understanding of the world's many fundamentalist movements. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-T. M. Pucelik, Bradley University
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