While fundamentalism has emerged within American protestantism in the early 20th century, it has since been located within the other Abrahamic traditions and beyond forms of religious strife to include ideological and political forms of fundamentalism. This allows for a comparative approach that enables social science to lay bare similarities and differences in various fundamentalist movements. In this course we will look at fundamentalist movements from the three monotheistic religious traditions and encounter Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish fundamentalist movements in their historic andsocial contexts. This will enable us to apply social scientific theories to explain what motivates followers of these movements, and what forces structure their ideologies and strategies of action.Term papers can be written in English or German
Semester: WT 2015/16