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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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Antifundamentalism in Modern America

David Harrington Watt

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores how the concept of fundamentalism was reinvented; it was made far less specific and far more elastic and was transformed into a category that was broad enough to accommodate movements that could be found in many different religious traditions. Increasingly, fundamentalism was thought of as a global phenomenon rather than one that was limited to North American Protestantism. The chapter cites Bernard Lewis' 1990 article, “The Roots of Muslim Rage,” a text that encapsulates the arguments of a thinker who played an important role in shaping how Americans thought about Islamic fundamentalism. It also explores two important scholarly articles that reveal some of the ways scholars used global fundamentalism during and after the era when the scholarly study of global fundamentalism was at its zenith.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, North American Protestantism, Islamic fundamentalism, Bernard Lewis, The Roots of Muslim Rage, religious traditions

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