Introduction to Fundamentalism by Malise Ruthven published in Persian
TEHRAN – “Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction” by Malise Ruthven has been published in Persian.
Translated by Bijan Ashtari, the book was published by Afkar.
Fundamentalism is seen as the main threat to world peace today, a finding impossible to ignore since the events in New York on September 11, 2001. But what does fundamentalism really mean?
Since it was coined by American Protestant evangelicals in the 1920s, the use of the term fundamentalist has widened to include a wide range of radical conservatives and ideological purists, who are not religious at all.
Fundamentalism could now mean both militant Israeli settlers and radical Islamists who oppose them; it can mean Christians, Hindus, animal advocates and even Buddhist nationalists.
Here, Middle East expert Malise Ruthven investigates the historical, social, religious, political and ideological roots of fundamentalism, and addresses the controversy and stereotypes surrounding these complex phenomena – which defy simple definition, but must be understood. urgently.
A former BBC Arabic and World Services screenwriter, Ruthven holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD. in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge.
He has taught Islamic studies, cultural history and comparative religion at the University of Aberdeen, University of California San Diego, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and Colorado College.
Photo: Cover of the Persian edition of Malise Ruthven’s book “Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction”.