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What is Fundamentalism - and What Threats does it Pose to Today’s World? Session 1

Wednesday 27 February 2013, 9.30am - 4.45pm, at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.

This conference was in three parts.

Session One: Definitions and Origins of Fundamentalism

The first session explored the definitions and origins of Fundamentalism, including a look at its roots in American Protestantism and an examination of what constitutes the Fundamentalist mindset.


Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt FBA, Oxford University (chair): Introduction

Professor James Dunn FBA, Durham University: The Roots of Christian Fundamentalism in American Protestantism

Professor Peter Herriot, City University: Exploring the Fundamentalist Mindset – the social psychologist’s viewpoint

Malise Ruthven, author of Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning: Fundamentalism in the 21st century

The second session looked in more detail at different kinds of Fundamentalism – through the eyes of experts on Islamic, Jewish and Hindu religious and cultural traditions.

Audio recording of session 2

The final session asked what the conditions are which are producing or reproducing Fundamentalism in today’s world, and whether dialogue is possible with Fundamentalists. It included present and historical perspectives on non-religious ideologies and on Scientific Fundamentalism as well as the rising political influence of Fundamentalism in countries including the USA, Israel and Pakistan.

Audio recording of session 3