British academy

What is Fundamentalism – and What Threats does it Pose to Today’s World?

Conference, 9.30am - 4.45pm

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

This conference was in three parts. The first session explored the definitions and origins of Fundamentalism, including a look at its roots in American Protestantism and an examination of what constitutes the Fundamentalist mindset.

The second session looked in more detail at different kinds of Fundamentalism – through the eyes of experts on Islamic, Jewish and Hindu religious and cultural traditions.

The final session asked what the conditions are which are producing or reproducing Fundamentalism in today’s world, and whether dialogue is possible with Fundamentalists. It included present and historical perspectives on non-religious ideologies and on Scientific Fundamentalism as well as the rising political influence of Fundamentalism in countries including the USA, Israel and Pakistan.

Full printed programme


Audio recordings of the presentations:

Session One: Definitions and Origins of Fundamentalism

Session Two: Fundamentalism in Religions other than Christianity

Session Three: Fundamentalism in the Modern World


The conference was preceded on the evening of Tuesday 26 February 2013 by a keynote lecture on The Appeal of Islamic Fundamentalism, by Professor Michael Cook FBA.