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5 Orthodox Fundamentalism: Intersection of Modernity, Postmodernity, and Tradition

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This chapter focuses on Orthodox fundamentalism in Russia. It is orientated more towards finding what various fundamentalisms have in common than towards outlining the peculiarities of each particular fundamentalism. What is probably important for the chapter is that for many religions praxis is of no less importance than scripture (even when they have scriptures). There are definitely Hindus (and Sikhs) taking the practical aspect of their religion more seriously than others; in such cases calling them fundamentalists seems legitimate. Fundamentalism is a reaction of modernity to modernity; it has little to do with tradition. Fundamentalist ideas and practices often eclectically combine tradition with modernity (or traditions with modernities), which makes them look like postmodern phenomena. Fundamentalism is not postmodernist, it is rather irrelevant to modernity and postmodernity, declaring a radical break from both of them.

Keywords: Hindus; modernity; Orthodox fundamentalism; postmodernity; Russia; scripture; tradition



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