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Antifundamentalism in Modern America$
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David Harrington Watt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448270.001.0001

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Putting Fundamentalism to Work

Putting Fundamentalism to Work

(p.1) Introduction Putting Fundamentalism to Work
Antifundamentalism in Modern America

David Harrington Watt

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter considers the analyses of fundamentalism that were produced by a group of scholars associated with the highly influential Fundamentalism Project, which was sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Science and housed at the University of Chicago in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These analyses are among the most sophisticated interpretations of fundamentalism that have ever been presented. Writer Karen Armstrong relied on them heavily as she was formulating her ideas about fundamentalism, as have many other writers and scholars. The influence the Fundamentalism Project has exerted on the way Americans think about fundamentalism is almost impossible to exaggerate. But for all its influence, the Fundamentalism Project was an odd enterprise in several important respects.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, Fundamentalism Project, American Academy of Arts and Science, Karen Armstrong, Americans

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