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Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalization


  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521766258

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  • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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, University of Oxford

    '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, Florida State University

    'In this meticulously researched and broad-ranging book, Brekke asserts that Western and non-Western fundamentalisms are more alike than different … Written in a simple and accessible style, the book assumes no prior knowledge of religious history. This work will surely become a classic and will be widely used in undergraduate and graduate classes in the social sciences.' Mary Manjikian, Religious Studies Review

    'The author, a specialist in South Asian studies, is well poised to keep his eye on religious phenomena around the globe, but he also focuses on what globalization specifically means for religion … he offers a definition of fundamentalism, discusses problems associated with the category 'religious', and warns against false homogenizations of complex movements such as the fundamentalist one.' Martin E. Marty, The Journal of Religion

    '[This] is a compelling read that will make an excellent methodological tool for any scholars interested in world religions, comparative religious ethics, social-protest movements, globalization, modernity, and method and theory in the study of religion.' Travis Warren Cooper, Religion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521766258
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 145 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • 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.

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