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Celebrity Culture: Are Americans too focused on celebrities?; Future of Marriage: Is traditional matrimony going out of style?; Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Can individual actions reduce global warming?

These are just a few of the provocative questions contested in Issues for Debate in Sociology. This engaging reader allows students to see an issue from all sides and to think critically about topics that matter to them. Classroom discussion will never be dull again!

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Religious Fundamentalism: Does It Lead to Intolerance and Violence?

Religious Fundamentalism: Does It Lead to Intolerance and Violence?

Religious fundamentalism: Does it lead to intolerance and violence?
Burqas enshroud women in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, reflecting life under strict Islamic regimes like the Taliban. Overthrown in 2001, the radically fundamentalist Taliban has regained control in some parts of the country. In addition to requiring the burqa, it restricts women's movements, prevents men from shaving or girls from being educated and prohibits singing and dancing.

Life is far from idyllic in Swat, a lush valley once known as “the Switzerland of Pakistan.” Far from Islamabad, the capital, a local leader of the Taliban — the extremist Islamic group that controls parts of the country — uses radio broadcasts to coerce residents into adhering to the Taliban's strict edicts.

“Un-Islamic” ...

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