Globalization, Modernity and the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism: The Challenge of Religious Resurgence against the “End of History” (A Dialectical Kaleidoscopic Analysis), 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Globalization, Modernity and the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism

The Challenge of Religious Resurgence against the “End of History” (A Dialectical Kaleidoscopic Analysis), 1st Edition

By Dimitrios Methenitis


168 pages

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pub: 2019-05-23
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The emergence of religious fundamentalism in a globalized, post-colonial world poses a significant challenge to the "End of History" narratives common in academic and non-academic literature alike.


Globalization, Modernity and the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism proposes that we must seek new explanations for this phenomenon that recasts the relationship between globalization, modernity and religion. One model through which this possible is that of a dialectical kaleidoscopic methodology - one that applies a variety of theoretical tools and takes a truly multi-dimensional perspective. Through the overlapping and complementary approaches of Systems Theory, Field Theory, and Network Theory, this book redefined the concepts of globalization, modernity and religion itself by challenging the inherent misconceptions of ethnocentric biases. It also provides a thorough historical analysis of religious systems from antiquity to the present to show the integration of modern and archaic elements within the structure of religious fundamentalism.


Interdisciplinary in nature, Globalization, Modernity and the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Geopolitics, History of Race and Ethnicity, Postcolonialism, Globalisation and Sociology of Religion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Deus ex Machina

Chapter One: Religious Geopolitics

1.1 Defining the Problem: The Misconception of the "End of History"

1.2 Research Objectives

1.3 Chapter Review

Chapter Two: A Kaleidoscopic Dialectical Methodology

2.1 Towards a new Methodology of Examining the Global South

2.2 Re-Identifying Religious Fundamentalism in the Context of Globalization, Hybridity and Modernity

Chapter Three: Globalization, Hybridity and Religion

3.1 Religion Throughout the Ages: A History of Globalization and Hybridity

3.2 Religion as Globalization

3.3 Religion at the Dawn of Urbanism

Chapter Four: Modernity and Religion

4.1 Religion and ‘Modernity’ in Antiquity

4.2 Secularization: A Strictly European Phenomenon

4.3 Modernity as Social Autonomy

4.4 Multiple Modernities

Chapter Five: Theories of Religion

5.1 Religious Systems: Communication with the Sacred

5.2 Religious Conflict and Politics of Identity

5.3 Religion and Ideology: The Ideological Power of Networks

5.4 Aspects of Contemporary Religious Communication


Chapter Six: Religious Fundamentalism: A Hybrid Construct of Modernity and Tradition

6.1 Towards a Definition of Religious Fundamentalism

6.2 Communication and Media Propaganda

6.3 Religious Intolerance and Violence

6.4 Apocalyptic Religions and Cosmic War

Chapter Seven: Conclusion: Postcolonialism and its Discontents


About the Author

Dimitrios Methenitis is a scientific assistant in the Hellenic Chinese Centre of Entrepreneurship, Greece

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General