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Fundamentalism, Sectarianism, and Revolution

Fundamentalism, Sectarianism, and Revolution
The Jacobin Dimension of Modernity

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  • Date Published: February 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521645867

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  • This book is a major comparative analysis of fundamentalist movements in historical and cultural context, spanning revolutionary France, America and Japan, with an emphasis on the contemporary scene. Leading sociologist S. N. Eisenstadt examines the protofundamentalist movements that arose in the great "axial civilizations" in premodern times in order to illuminate the meaning of the global rise of fundamentalism that is shown to be an important current in modernity. The central theme of the book is the distinctively Jacobin features of fundamentalist movements and their ambivalent attitude to tradition.

    • Major statement by leading, internationally known scholar
    • Important theoretical argument about role of religion, especially fundamentalism in modernity
    • Truly comparative across history and geography, incorporating findings on Japanese research project
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    • Eisenstadt has won the Amalfi book prize for Fundamentalism,Sectarianism and Revolution

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    • Date Published: February 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521645867
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Heterodoxies, sectrarianism and utopianism in the constitution of proto-fundamentalist movements
    2. The great revolutions and the transformation of sectarian utopianism in the cultural and political program of modernity
    3. Fundamentalism as a modern Jacobin anti-modern utopia and heterodoxy
    4. Historical setting and variability of fundamentalist movements
    5. Some considerations on modernity.

  • Author

    S. N. Eisenstadt, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


    • Eisenstadt has won the Amalfi book prize for Fundamentalism,Sectarianism and Revolution

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