Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, From Christian Militias to Al Qaeda. This groundbreaking study explores and sets into context the rise of the "fundamentalist" militant versions of religion which have become significant worldwide in the last 30 or so years. Personal interviews and detailed knowledge of the origins and patterns of belligerent versions of Christianity, Judaism, Japanese, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam indicate ways in which fundamentalist trends have contributed to the violence and pervasive disorder of the contemporary world. Reactions of secular states and possibilities for coexistence with what seem likely to be permanent global pressures towards violence are seen to have constructive elements. With bibliography and index.
PublisherUniversity of California Press