The Invention of Islamic Fundamentalism

Thursday Lecture Series, Violence and Critique

March 11, 2010 Thursday, 12:15pm EST The Heyman Center, Columbia University

Operating between the registers of cultural, intellectual, and religious history, Professor Watt explored the processes through which, over the course of the twentieth century, “fundamentalism” metastasized from a parochial condition of American Protestantism to a purported global phenomenon marked as being a problem: dangerous, authoritarian, and worthy of concerted scrutiny.