Religious Fundamentalism Book Review by cee-cee

Religious Fundamentalism
This paper refers to the works of Karen Armstrong, Mark Juergensmeyer and Malise Ruthven on the issue of holy wars and crusades.
# 109065 | 1,635 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper examines Karen Armstrong's "Holy War", Mark Juergensmeyer's "Terror in the Mind of God" and Malise Ruthven's "Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning". The paper discusses Armstrong's theory that fundamentalist religion is essentially a response to and a product of modern culture, Juergensmeyer's belief that cultures of violence, and not the religion itself, cause terrorism within fundamental believers and Ruthven's explanation of fundamentalism. The paper shows how the three authors each offer important insight into understanding both the history and current status of religious fundamentalism.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Armstrong, Karen. The Battle for God. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.
  • Armstrong, Karen. Holy War. New York: Random House, 2001.
  • Juergensmeyer, Mark. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. Berkley: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Ruthven, Malise. Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

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