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12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of “Strong Religion”

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”Pray during the night and be persistent in asking God to give you victory, control and conquest”, Mohamed Atta, one of the terrorists of September 11, 2001, wrote down before the attack on the World Trade Center Towers. Since 9/11 fundamentalism has been perceived by many mainly in its Islamic expression. This overlooks the fact that “de-secularization” (Peter L. Berger) and the rise of “strong religion” are almost universal phenomena that significantly predate the 9/11 attacks. Funda-mentalist movements can be found in all of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Moreover, the term “fundamen-talism” is also used to describe absolutist tendencies in non-religious contexts.

This seminar is intended to acquaint students with theoretical and conceptual think-ing about fundamentalism and “strong religion”, to widen historical, psychological and sociological perspectives on these issues, and to illuminate a broad array of ques-tions and dynamics relating to the complex interplay of religion, culture and society. Some of the questions that will be addressed are: What are the social and cultural characteristics of “fundamentalism” and “strong religion”? What are the differences between religious “traditionalism”/”conservatism” and religious “fundamentalism”? Why have forms of religious fundamentalism grown globally? What are viable responses to these developments?

Professor of Religious Studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor for Ethics and Catholic Social Thought, School of Catholic Theology, University of Graz

Ph.D. William D. DINGES

Professor of Religious Studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

BA in History, Fort Hays State University MA in History, Emporia State University Teaching Assistant, Western Civilization Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Adjunct Faculty, Sociology Department, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Kansas School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Ordinary Professor (2006) Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland, University College Fellow, Life Cycle Institute, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
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Mag. Dr. Kurt REMELE

Associate Professor for Ethics and Catholic Social Thought, School of Catholic Theology, University of Graz

Assistant Professor, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany Fellow at the Catholic College "Kommende" in Dortmund, Germany Assistant Professor, University of Graz
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 Visiting Scholar at Campion Hall, University of Oxford (1996), Fulbright Scholar at The Catholic University of America (2003), Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota (2007)

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14.08.2008

15:00 - 15:30 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2008 Plenary
15:30 - 17:00 Opening speeches Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the seminars Plenary
18:30 - 21:00 Opening reception Social

14.08.-20.08.2008

Seminar 11: Transatlantic relations Seminar
Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actions Seminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-making Seminar
Seminar 09: Predictability Seminar
Seminar 14: Art and perception Seminar
Seminar 13: “Global Constitutional Network” – Limits and Possibilities of (Inter-)national Jurisdictions Seminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of “Strong Religion” Seminar

14.08.-21.08.2008

Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about it Seminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issue Seminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizens Seminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgements Seminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und Wirtschaftspolitik Seminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worlds Seminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische Entscheidungen Seminar

15.08.2008

18:30 - 19:30 Special Lecture: Europe – Strategic decisions for the continent Plenary

16.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00 Plenary session: Climate change and Predictability Plenary

18.08.2008

17:00 - 18:30 Plenary session: 40 years after the Prague Spring Plenary

19.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00 Plenary session: What has remained of 1968? Plenary