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Fundamentalism and fanaticism: a comparative analysis

Yousif, Ahmad (2011) Fundamentalism and fanaticism: a comparative analysis. Religious Studies and Theology, 30 (1). pp. 3-26. ISSN 1747-5414 (O), 0829-2922 (P)

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Abstract

Despite the fact that fanaticism exists in world religions, there has been a strong tendency to associate Islam with fundamentalism and fanaticism. Consequently, many scholars view the terms as almost synonymous. What exactly is fanaticism and what are some of the reasons for its occurrence? If all the world’s great religions preach peace and the preservation of life, why do fanatics kill and maim in the name of their religion? How did this term come to be closely associated with Islam rather than other major world religions, and most particularly in the last three decades? Is this connection justified academically or otherwise? What have contemporary and classical Muslim scholars written about the above terms? This paper will address the above questions, including the concept of “fanaticism” and “fundamentalism,” the relationship between fanaticism and Islamic revivalism, and whether fanaticism can be “cured.”

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6149/22614
Uncontrolled Keywords: fanaticism, fundamentalism, Islam, world religions, Muslims, Qur'an, Muhammad, revivalism, causes, cure.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Depositing User: Dr. Ahmad Yousif
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 09:32
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2013 11:55
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/22614

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