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  1. Fundamentalisms Comprehended (The Fundamentalism Project)
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  2. Fundamentalisms Comprehended (The Fundamentalism Project)

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In this fifth volume of the Fundamentalism Project, Fundamentalisms Comprehended, the distinguished contributors return to and test the endeavor's beginning premise: that fundamentalisms in all faiths share certain "family resemblances." Several of the essays reconsider the project's original definition of fundamentalism as a reactive, absolutist, and comprehensive mode of anti-secular religious activism. The book concludes with a capstone statement by R. Scott Appleby, Emmanuel Sivan, and Gabriel Almond that builds upon the entire Fundamentalism Project. Identifying different categories of fundamentalist movements, and delineating four distinct patterns of fundamentalist behavior toward outsiders, this statement provides an explanatory framework for understanding and comparing fundamentalisms around the world.

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I read the first volume of this Fundamentalism Project, Fundamentalisms Observed (The Fundamentalism Project), and this volume. The three intermediate valus may go into more detail than any layperson would desire, as do each of these two volumes I read. The benefit is that the material covered, as in Parts One and Five of this volume, seems worth the book's price to me. Nevertheless, it would be helpful to me if someone associated with the Fundamentalism Project were to write one or more books targetted to lay people based on the findings of the project.

Little of this book directly addresses North American Protestant Fundamentalisms: much of the book is about the generalized Fundamentalism presented in Volume 1 or about specific worldwide forms found in Latin American Christianities, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhs and other religions... Read more
This is a great collection of thoughtful essays on the faces and roots of "fundamentalism", as it appears in village populists in Latin America, enthusiasts for the apocalypse in the USA, or well-educated Muslims. The contributors keep it both insightful and entertaining.

One observation stood out for me. Writing several years before the post 9/11 war on terror, Mark Juergensmeyer describes an emerging neo-liberal logic of "antifundamentalism":

"Assumption 1: There is a known syndrome of human behavior called fundamentalism, which is dogmatic, intolerant, and hostile to human rights. It is dangerous and infectious.

Assumption 2: Adherents of fundamentalism, known as fundamentalists, desire power in order to spread fundamentalism and destroy human rights.

Assumption 3: It is therefore excusable to use whatever means necessary, including the violation of human rights, to prevent fundamentalism from spreading, and to prevent fundamentalists... Read more
Finishing its work in five volumes rather than the projected six, The Fundamentalism Project concludes with a monument of scholarship, a survey and interpretation likely to remain the fullest and deepest consideration of the fundamentalist phenomenon for decades to come. The volume's star-studded cast (including Gabriel Almond, Wayne C. Booth, Ernest Gellner, S. N. Eisenstadt, and Emmanuel Sivan) has been put to work at what it does best-comparing and contrasting fundamentalism in the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and South Asian religious traditions. Chapters break ground in dealing with such topics as humor in fundamentalist circles (more prevalent than one might think) and a literary analysis of stories about finding true faith. Throughout this volume, as the project as a whole, the assumption reigns that "fundamentalisms" are a similar phenomenon across religions.
Fundamentalisms Comprehended contains too many theories to convey here; suffice to note two, from the... Read more
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