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Religious Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism is an attempt to preserve past traditions and treasured truths of a person or a group at the cost of isolating oneself and alienating others. Fundamentalism can be manifested in many ways and on many different levels. It has been found in every religious movement and in every branch, denomination, or subculture across time and place. The same is true for all world religions and their particular derivations (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.). However, when extreme fundamentalism begins to develop and flourish within a certain faith community, it can easily lead to social tension and ethnopolitical conflict or later escalate to intimidating and hostile acts of violence, known as religious militancy. It all depends on the group's interpretation of their sacred texts ...

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