Skip to content
Open global navigation

Cambridge University Press

AcademicLocation selectorSearch toggleMain navigation toggle
Cart
Register Sign in Wishlist

Fundamentalism
Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalization

$30.99

textbook
  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521149792

$30.99
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
About the Authors
  • This book investigates the origins of fundamentalism, outlining its characteristics and the history of key fundamentalist movements around the world, considering examples from Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The book argues that fundamentalism develops when modern lay religious leaders challenge the authority of secular states and traditional religious establishments. These new leaders and their followers seek to infuse religious values and practices into all spheres, especially law, politics, education, and science. The patterns of religious authority and leadership that characterize fundamentalism have their roots in a Christian context but were globalized through intense intercultural contacts after the mid-nineteenth century. Fundamentalism is a thoroughly modern and global phenomenon because it presupposes the globalization of ideas and practices concerning religious leadership and organization, as well as universal changes in the relationship of religion to modern societies and states.

    • Offers a new understanding of fundamentalism, making a clear argument about the historical causes of fundamentalist movements
    • Provides a comparative perspective that considers movements in many world religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism
    • Based in part on a series of exclusive interviews with Mullah Krekar, who was named by Colin Powell as an extremist leader
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance Praise: “I highly recommend Torkel Brekke’s study of fundamentalism. In particular, his analysis of the global import of processes associated with social differentiation in relation to changing notions of authority allows for a detailed display of features common to fundamentalism in a variety of contexts. A fine contribution to the literature on this very important subject.” – John Kelsay, The Florida State University

    "A lucid, accessible, and sophisticated account of fundamentalism as a global phenomenon, this book provides us with both a context and a language to understand some of the most important religious movements of our time. Having been neglected by scholars and languished in the hands of polemicists for more than a decade now, Torkel Brekke has rescued fundamentalism as an analytical concept." – Faisal Devji, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521149792
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. The Historical and Ideological Context of Fundamentalism:
    1. Religion and modernity in the West
    2. Religion and globalization
    3. A global shift in religious authority
    4. Prophecy and preaching
    Part II. Fundamentalist Struggles:
    5. The struggle for the state
    6. The struggle over law
    7. The struggle for the sciences
    8. The struggle over education
    9. The struggle over women
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Torkel Brekke, University of Oslo
    Torkel Brekke is a Professor of the History of Religions and South Asian Studies at the University of Oslo. Before being appointed to his current position, he completed his DPhil at Oxford and served as advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. Besides his university position he works for the think tank Civita. He has written and edited several books, including Makers of Modern Indian Religion and The Ethics of War in Asian Civilizations, and his articles have appeared in numerous journals.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

© Cambridge University Press 2014

Back to top

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel Delete

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×