Global Islamic Fundamentalist Influence and Theoretical Explanation of the Insurgence

  • Edlyne Eze Anugwom
Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)


Even though the concept fundamentalism is now commonly used in describing radical expression of religion especially in Islam, there is no denying the apparent Christianity provenance of the concept. Therefore, this chapter briefly examines the origin and nature of the concept and how validly it can be utilized in describing adherents of a religion distinctively different from Christianity. While cognizant of the likely pejorative undertones of the concept, especially as it is not a term with which Muslims address themselves, the chapter argues that it is all the same pertinent as it captures the critical desires of the radical and jihadi-inspired adherents for reversion to what is seen as fundamentals of the religion as practised by Prophet Muhammad and the first community of believers. The above is situated under a general outline of Islam as a religion of peace in the chapter and how current jihadi aspirations undermine this peace and are championed by a very tiny fraction of believers.


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  • Edlyne Eze Anugwom
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of Nigeria NsukkaNsukkaNigeria

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