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Fundamentalisms comprehended /

Corporate Author: American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Other Authors: Marty, Martin E., 1928-, Appleby, R. Scott, 1956-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1995
Series: Fundamentalism project ; v. 5.
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Like a banquet guest wondering when the last course will appear and what it might be, the reader of this volume will be left breathless, and also puzzled: breathless because this fifth volume of a five-volume series of edited papers, unlike its 850-page predecessor, Accounting for Fundamentalisms (CH, Feb'95), is a "mere" 500+ pages; and puzzled because not all of its 19 contributors have felt the same part of the proverbial "elephant," in this final medley from a multiyear, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary project unparalleled in the late-20th-century American academy. A convenient focus might be on the use and abuse of the very term "fundamentalism." It is better documented here than in the preceding volumes. The clearest argument comes from Mark Juergensmeyer; media and policy attacks on fundamentalism produce a form of antifundamentalism that perpetuates, even as it ridicules, religion in politics. Juergensmeyer's solution might stand in as a motto for the entire project: understand what you oppose, accept a quotient of religion in statecraft, let God flourish in public as well as private spheres both at home and abroad. Recommended for all levels of readers, but especially for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. B. B. Lawrence Duke University

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