Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

46. Why are there so many radical Muslims in the world today?

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Matt Sheedy [+-]
University of Bonn

Matt Sheedy holds a Ph.D. in the study of religion and is a visiting professor of North American Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. His research interests include critical social theory, theories of secularism and atheism, as well as representations of Christianity, Islam, and Native American traditions in popular and political culture. He is the author of Owning the Secular: Religious Symbols, Culture Wars, Western Fragility (Routledge, 2021).


Religion in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to the questions about religion and religious behaviour that interest most of us, whether or not we personally identify with -- or practice -- a religion. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about religion and its study, such as: How did religion start? What religion is the oldest? Who are the Nones? Why do women seem to play lesser roles in many religions? What’s the difference between a religion and a cult? Is Europe less religious than North America? Is Buddhism a philosophy? How do we study religions of groups who no longer exist? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Sheedy, Matt. 46. Why are there so many radical Muslims in the world today?. Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 172-175 Aug 2017. ISBN 9781781794654. Date accessed: 21 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33020. Aug 2017

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