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Religious opposition to globalization

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This chapter concentrates on religion as a source of opposition to globalization. It begins with a few brief comments on five dimensions of globalization, and then examines religious complaints against globalization from two diametrically opposed perspectives: Islamism, which has been successful in rallying opposition to globalization, and liberal Christianity, which has not. As different as these two complaints are in style and substance, they are structurally similar. Religious opposition to globalization is based on demands for justice and a defense of tradition. The chapter looks at two specific but very different complaints. The first is that of Osama bin Laden, who exemplifies the kind of opposition voiced by Islamists in particular and religious fundamentalists more generally. The second is that of Dwight Hopkins, who exemplifies the liberal Christian dimension of the anti-globalization movement.

Keywords: Christianity; Dwight Hopkins; globalization; Islamism; Osama bin Laden; religious system



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