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The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History

Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, and Katherine A. Boyd

Abstract

This book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors: a radical dualism, in which all aspects of life are bluntly categorized as either good or evil; a destructive inclination to interpret authoritative texts, laws, and teachings in the most literal of terms; an extreme and totalized conversion experience; paranoid thinking; and an apocalyptic world view. After examining each of these conc ... More

Keywords: psychology of fundamentalism, extremists, fanatics, violence, fundamentalist groups, authoritative texts, conversion, paranoid thinking, apocalyptic world view, jihadists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles B. Strozier, author
City University of New York, John Jay College
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David M. Terman, author
Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
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James W. Jones, author
Rutgers University
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Contents

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Introduction

Charles B. Strozier and David Terman

Part I What Is the Fundamentalist Mindset?

1 Definitions and Dualisms

Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd

3 The Apocalyptic

Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd

4 The Charismatic Leader and the Totalism of Conversion

Charles B. Strozier, Katharine Boyd, and James W. Jones

Part II Motivations for Violence

6 The Apocalyptic Other

Charles B. Strozier

7 The Social Psychology of Humiliation and Revenge

Bettina Muenster and David Lotto

Part III Christian and American Contexts

9 Eternal Warfare

James W. Jones

Part IV Global and Historical Contexts

13 Ordering Chaos

David Redles

Conclusion

James W. Jones

End Matter