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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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(p.123) 7 Reinvention
Antifundamentalism in Modern America

David Harrington Watt

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies the developments that set the stage for the reinvention of fundamentalism. It examines three texts that illustrate the uses to which fundamentalism was put during that time. The first is a brief article, Martin Marty's “Fundamentalism Reborn,” that appeared in the Saturday Review in the spring of 1980. It used the ideas of Talcott Parsons to comment on the dangers inherent in the rise of global fundamentalism. The second text, Holy Terror (1982), was written by two journalists, Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman. The book attempted to demonstrate that fundamentalists all over the globe are engaged in systematic campaigns against freedom, justice, progress, and democracy. The third text, “Islamic Fundamentalism and Islamic Radicalism,” is a transcript of congressional hearings that took place in the summer of 1985.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, Martin Marty, Fundamentalism Reborn, Flo Conway, Jim Siegelman, Holy Terror, Islamic Fundamentalism and Islamic Radicalism

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