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Political ‘Tsunamis’ and After

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195693553
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0002
Political ‘Tsunamis’ and After

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The end of colonialism and the Cold War in the second half of the twentieth century and the rise of the demon of terrorism at the beginning of the twenty-first century, has created a tsunami-like impact on politics and international relations, economics, and cultural practices. At the same time, a fierce debate rages in the world about terrorism. Although every religion has a fundamentalist group, after 9/11 particularly, the fundamentalist forces of Islam are receiving special attention from everyone. Fundamentalists and terrorists are also actuated by similar strong feelings and indulge in meaningless violence and senseless killing of innocent people. Hence, people are turning their attention increasingly to the more fundamental question of ‘how to live’. This chapter also studies religious fundamentalism, especially in Pakistan; recent changes in Islamic countries; political reforms in the Arab world; democracy; and globalization.

Keywords: terrorism; September 11; democracy; Islam; religious fundamentalism; globalization; Pakistan; Arab world

Chapter.  10899 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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