Neo-fascism and religion


Neo-fascism and religion

Neo-fascism and religion refers to debates about the relationships between neo-fascism and various religions.

Some scholars, using the term neo-fascism in its narrow sense, consider certain contemporary religious movements and groups to represent forms of clerical or theocratic neofascism, including Christian Identity in the United States; some militant forms of politicized Islamic fundamentalism; State Shinto as a political cult in Imperial Japan and some neopagan alternative religions advocating white supremacism.

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Background

Terminology and history

The term fascism was first used in Italy during the 1920s, and like Nazism, its meaning came to refer to a type of union of right wing concepts of authoritarian political controls with welfare state economic policies. The term neo-fascism is used to describe fascist movements active after World War II.

Modern colloquial usage of the word sometimes extends the definition of the terms fascism & neo-fascism and Neo-Nazism to refer to any totalitarian worldview, regardless of its religious ideology. Although the assertion that religious fundamentalists and militants are fascists can often be understood as a hyperbole, some scholars have used the term when discussing certain religious movements.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, authoritarian ideals saw a resurgence in the context of political upheavals across Eurasia, typically anti-aristocratic socio-political revolutions. The ethnic-rooted conflicts of World War I and World War II arose from the political circumstances brought about by internal societal battles, usually between left-wing revolutionaries and right-wing traditionalists.

In addition to the authoritarian political model, most scholars classify fascism as an extreme right ideology, along with ethnic-populist movements that call for increased traditionalism. In the context of civil conflicts, the demand for increased traditionalism typically promotes ethnocentrism, and in extreme cases this ethnic unity resulted in the persecution of those not within the chosen ethnic group. Religion has often been an aspect of ethnicity, whose moral foundation and message may grow corrupted by the societal acceptance of convergence between political and religious populism.

Between the two world wars, there were three forms of fascism: Italian economic corporatism; German racial nationalist Nazism; and clerical fascist movements such as the Romanian Iron Guard, the Spanish National Catholicism and the Croatian Ustashi.

Controversies over linking fascism and religion

Since WWII, neofascists have reinterpreted fascist ideology and strategy in various ways to fit new circumstances.[1]

In the context of social conflict in which religious figures and institutions come under partisan influence, religion often becomes a political tool by which principled authority is replaced by authoritarian violence. Early fascism was a mixture of syndicalist notions with Hegelian or idealistic theories of the state. Both early and later fascists viewed the state as an organic entity rather than as an institution to protect collective and individual rights. Fascists often defined themselves in opposition to laissez-faire capitalism, Marxism, and democracy.

During World War II, Karl Popper described fascism as different from Hegelianism, which was bound to a specific "traditional religious form" (Lutheran Christianity in Frederick William's Prussia).[2] Popper suggests that in fascism, religion is usually replaced by a form of evolutionist materialism: "Thus the formula of the fascist brew is in all countries the same: Hegel plus a dash of nineteenth-century materialism (especially Darwinism in the somewhat crude form given to it by Haeckel)."[3]

He argues that as a consequence of the popularity of Marxism in the first half of the 20th century, traditional fascism is not endorsing any specific religion. He wrote that while Marxism is seen as atheistic, fascism is not necessarily atheistic:

...fascism has not much use for an open appeal to the supernatural. Not that it is necessarily atheistic or lacking in mystical or religious elements. But the spread of agnosticism through Marxism led to a situation in which no political creed aiming at popularity among the working class could bind itself to any of the traditional religious forms.[3]

Later scholarship took several different approaches. Roger Griffin argues that

Fascism is best defined as a revolutionary form of nationalism, one that sets out to be a political, social and ethical revolution, welding the 'people' into a dynamic national community under new elites infused with heroic values. The core myth which inspires this project is that only a populist, trans-class movement of purifying, cathartic national rebirth (palingenesis) can stem the tide of decadence.[4]

This concept of fascism as palingenesis is complementary with the idea of James Rhodes that fascism is a form of apocalyptic millenarianism — and with the work of Emilio Gentile, who argues that fascism is a form of "political religion" that involves the "sacralization of politics."[5]

Roger Eatwell sees a complex relationship between fascism and religion, noting that "Religions…involve some form of belief in a supernatural being(s). However, this misses a point that all modern ideologies exhibit dimensions of religions." Eatwell questions "liberal historiography's demonization of fascism as an un-intellectual creed...." According to Eatwell:

"A more fruitful way of distinguishing between ideology and religion is to adapt Søren Kierkegaard's view that the essence of a religion is not the persuasion of the truth of the doctrine, but a leap of faith to accept a view which is inherently absurd.... Fascism’s essential syncretism meant that it was possible to find forms, which overtly married ideology and religion - for example, in the Iron Guard, or among a limited number of Italian and German clerics (though most failed to see the radicalism at the core of fascism). Moreover, there were aspects of fascism, which were absurd - especially the belief of some Nazis that there was an international Jewish conspiracy against Germany, which encouraged a belief in apocalyptic holy war against the Jew. However, most fascists were not driven by such affective sentiments. Indeed, there is nothing absurd about the core ideology of generic fascism namely the quest to forge a holistic nation and create a radical syncretic Third Way state." "Reflections on Fascism and Religion".

Christianity in the United States

The linking of Christianity with fascism or neo-fascism has generated debate among scholars and in the media; and some consider it offensive to Christians. Stanley Kurtz called comparisons of the Christian Right with fascism an ill-advised attack on conservative Christians:

The most disturbing part of the Harper’s cover story (the one by Chris Hedges) was the attempt to link Christian conservatives with Hitler and fascism. Once we acknowledge the similarity between conservative Christians and fascists, Hedges appears to suggest, we can confront Christian evil by setting aside "the old polite rules of democracy."[6]

Some Christian organizations believe that the Christian Right has become fascist. Rich Lang of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Seattle gave a sermon titled "George Bush and the Rise of Christian Fascism", in which he said, "I want to flesh out the ideology of the Christian Fascism that Mr. Bush articulates. It is a form of Christianity that is the mirror opposite of what Jesus embodied."[7]

Some leftists and libertarians use the term Christian fascism or Christofascism to describe what some see as an emerging proto-fascism and possible theocracy in the United States.[8] Advocates of this view include Carl Davidson, who has written an essay, "Globalization, Theocracy and the New Fascism: Taking the Right's Rise to Power Seriously."[9]

More extreme than the Christian Right are two movements where there is more scholarly support for charges of neo-fascism: Christian Identity and Christian Reconstructionism. There are versions of the Christian Identity movement that adopt openly neo-Nazi ideologies. Some scholars consider Christian Reconstructionism to be a quasi-fascist movement because it is explicitly opposed to religious liberty and human rights. Berlet and Lyons have written that the movement is a "new form of clerical fascist politics."[10] Author Karen Armstrong sees a potential for fascism in Christian Reconstructionism, and claims that the system of dominion envisaged by Christian Reconstructionist theologians R. J. Rushdoony and Gary North is totalitarian: "There is no room for any other view or policy, no democratic tolerance for rival parties, no individual freedom."[11]

Islam

The contemporary religious movements in Islam that have been compared to fascism include Islamic terrorism and Wahhabism.

In 2001, Christopher Hitchens opined, "[T]he bombers of Manhattan represent fascism with an Islamic face, and there's no point in any euphemism about it. What they abominate about 'the West,' to put it in a phrase, is not what Western liberals don't like and can't defend about their own system, but what they do like about it and must defend: its emancipated women, its scientific inquiry, its separation of religion from the state."[12] Robert S. Wistrich has described Islamic fascism as adopting a totalitarian mindset, a hatred of the West, fanatical extremism, repression of women, loathing of Jews, a firm belief in conspiracy theories, and dreams of global hegemony.[13]

In late 2005, President George W. Bush and other high United States government officials began to use the terms Islamo-fascism or Islamic fascism, and they suggested that opposing militant Islamic terrorism was similar to opposing the Nazis during World War II.[14][15][16] This created a storm of controversy as supporters and opponents debated these contentions and the term Islamofascism.[17][18][19]

Some writers claim that certain strands of Wahhabi or Salafi Islam display some of the signifiers of fascism or totalitarianism.[20][21][22]

J. Sakai has suggested that some middle class Islamists have formed groups that can be called fascist.[23]

Academic Roger Griffin believes that the word fascist is being stretched too far when applied to "so-called fundamentalist or terrorist forms of traditional religion (i.e. scripture or sacred text based with a strong sense of orthodoxy or orthodoxies rooted in traditional institutions and teachings)." However, he concedes that the United States has seen the emergence of hybrids of political religion and fascism in such phenomena as the Nation of Islam and Christian Identity, and that Bin Laden's al Qaeda network may represent such a hybrid. He is unhappy with the term clerical fascism, and says that "in this case we are rather dealing with a variety of 'fascistized clericalism.'"[24]

Author Malise Ruthven, a Scottish writer and historian who focuses his work on religion and Islamic affairs, opposes redefining Islamism as `Islamofascism`, but finds the resemblances between the two ideologies "compelling," both embracing spirituality and rejecting reason. He compares Islamism first to Marxism but then draws a stronger comparison with fascism.

... the fascist parallels go deeper than the Marxist ones. In his explicit hostility to reason (alluded to in the reference to Ahmad ibn Hanbal's struggle against the Mu'tazilite doctrine of the `created` Quran) it is not Marx, grandchild of the Enlightenment, but Nietzsche, an anti-rationalist like the anti-Mu'tazilite al-Ash'ari, whom `Azzam echoes. The attachment to the lost lands of Palestine, Bukhara and Spain (unlike a rational and humane concern for Palestinian rights) is, like Mussolini's evocations of Ancient Rome, nostalgic in its irredentism, its `obliteration of history from politics` The invocation of religion is consistent with the way fascism and Nazism used mythical modes of thought to mobilize unconscious or psychic forces in the pursuit of power, a task made easier in a population sanctified by a millennium of Islamic religious programming. Georges Sorel, sometimes seen as the intellectual father of fascism, declared that `use must be made of a body of images which, by intuition alone, and before any considered analyses are made, is capable of evoking as an undivided whole the mass of sentiments which corresponds to the different manifestations of the war undertaken by Socialism.` Mussolini, to whom Sorel in his later years lent his support, saw fascism as `a religious conception in which man is seen in his immanent relationship with a superior law and with an objective Will that transcends the particular individual and raise him to conscious membership of a spiritual society`. In the same line of thinking Alfred Rosenberg, the Nazi ideologue, stressed the other-worldly, spiritual aspect of Hitler's racial theories: `The life of a race does not represent a logically-developed philosophy nor even the unfolding of a pattern according to natural law, but rather the development of a mystical synthesis, an activity of soul, which cannot be explained rationally.`[25]

Hindu nationalism

Indian Marxist Prabhat Patnaik has written that the Hindutva movement as it has emerged is "classically fascist in class support, methods and programme" Patnaik bases this argument on the following "ingredients" of classical fascism present in Hindutva: the attempt to create a unified homogeneous majority under the concept of "the Hindus"; a sense of grievance against past injustice; a sense of cultural superiority; an interpretation of history according to this sense of grievance and superiority; a rejection of rational arguments against this interpretation; and an appeal to the majority based on race and masculinity.[26]

Some scholars contend that the traditional meaning of the term fascism does not apply to Hindutva groups, and may hinder an analysis of their activities.[27][28] Academics Chetan Bhatt and Parita Mukta reject the identification of Hindutva with fascism, because of Hindutva's embrace of cultural rather than racial nationalism, because of its "distinctively Indian" character, and because of "the RSS's disavowal of the seizure of state power in preference for long-term cultural labour in civil society". They instead describe Hindutva as a form of "revolutionary conservatism" or "ethnic absolutism".[29]

Before World War II, Sadashiv Golwalkar, head of the RSS from 1940-1973 opined

German national pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up purity of the nation and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races, the Jews. National pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into a united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by." ("We or our nationhood defined" 1938, p.37)

However, anti-semitism plays no role in post-1947 Hindutva. Golwalkar in 1966 wrote:

"The Christians committed all sorts of atrocities on the Jews by giving them the label "Killers of Christ". Hitler is not an exception but a culmination of the 2000-year long oppression of the Jews by the Christians."[30]

Contemporary Hindutva groups are overwhelmingly supportive of the Jewish State of Israel. Savarkar himself supported Israel during its formation.[31] Golwalkar too supported Israel in his statement:

"The Jews had maintained their race, religion, culture and language; and all they wanted was their natural territory to complete their Nationality"[32]

Jerusalem based scholar Seth J. Frantzman writes that opposition to Hindu Nationalism and it's denunciation by leftists as "fascist" or "racist" are related to their own antisemitism and opposition to Zionism, and that both Zionism and Hindu Nationalism are "united in the aspirations of unique peoples and states", and "both grew out of a long suppressed and colonized peoples' dreams for their own country free from foreign rule".[33]

Paganism and esoteric religions

Some white supremacist or neo-Nazi supporters also adhere to Germanic neopaganism or Odinism ideologies, but as a minority inside the Germanic Neo-Pagan, Odinist and Asatru movements,[34][35][36]. Examples of groups in which fascism and Paganism intersect include the White Order of Thule. Another example was the Wotanism of David Lane, who promoted WOTAN as an acronym for the "Will Of The Aryan Nations.".[37][38][39][40][41]

Examples in Europe include the Belgian Werkgroep Traditie and the German Deutsche Heidnische Front and Artgemeinschaft. The Ausar Auset Society is a Kemetic neopagan group advocating Black supremacy.

Judaism

See also

Christianity

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ Chip Berlet, 2003, adapted in "Terminology: Use with Caution." Fascism. Vol. 5, Critical Concepts in Political Science, Roger Griffin and Matthew Feldman, eds. New York, NY: Routledge. [1]
  2. ^ Popper, Karl. The Open Society and its Enemies. Diverse editions since 1945, e.g. 2002: Routledge - ISBN 0-415-28236-5 (both volumes in one band). See: Volume II: The High Tide of Prophecy, Section: The Rise of Oracular Philosophy, Chapter 12: Hegel and The New Tribalism, subsections II and III.
  3. ^ a b Popper, Karl. The Open Society and its Enemies. Diverse editions since 1945, e.g. 2002: Routledge - ISBN 0-415-28236-5 (both volumes in one band). See: Volume II: The High Tide of Prophecy, Section: The Rise of Oracular Philosophy, Chapter 12: Hegel and The New Tribalism, subsection V.
  4. ^ Roger Griffin, 1991, The Nature of Fascism, New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, p. xi)
  5. ^ Chip Berlet. (2004) Christian Identity: The Apocalyptic Style, Political Religion, Palingenesis and Neo-Fascism. Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Vol. 5, No. 3, (Winter), special issue on Fascism as a Totalitarian Movement.
  6. ^ "Dominionist Domination: The Left runs with a wild theory" by Stanley Kurtz (May 02, 2005), National Review Online.
  7. ^ George Bush and the Rise of Christian Fascism by Rich Lang.
  8. ^ See, for example, Everybody's Talkin' About Christian Fascism by Gary Leupp.
  9. ^ Carl Davidson.Globalization, Theocracy and the New Fascism: Taking the Right's Rise to Power Seriously, paper was delivered at the 4th Annual GSA meeting in Knoxville, TN, May 13–15, 2005. Accessed November 9, 2006 on PORTSIDE listserv archives, dated May 16, 2005.
  10. ^ Berlet and Lyons, Right-Wing Populism in America, p. 249
  11. ^ Karen Armstrong, The Battle for God, pp. 361-362.
  12. ^ http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20011008&s=hitchens
  13. ^ http://www.science.co.il/Arab-Israeli-conflict/Articles/Wistrich-2001-11-16.asp
  14. ^ http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2005/10/20051006-2.html
  15. ^ http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2005/11/20051119-5.html
  16. ^ http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2006/08/20060810-3.html
  17. ^ Tom Regan Experts, pundits debate use of 'Islamo-fascist', Christian Science Monitor, August 31, 2006. Accessed online 4 September 2006.
  18. ^ Lisa Miller Escalation in Terminology When President Bush described a war against ‘Islamic fascists,’ some American Muslims became very angry. Newsweek Online, August 12, 2006. Accessed online 4 September 2006
  19. ^ Daoud Kuttab Drop "Islamo-Fascist" Rhetoric, Post Global (Washington Post), August 29, 2006. Accessed online 4 September 2006.
  20. ^ http://www.publiceye.org/frontpage/911/Islam/rosenfeld2001.html
  21. ^ http://www.merip.org/mer/mer221/221_abu_el_fadl.html
  22. ^ http://www.mille.org/cmshome/wessladen.html
  23. ^ http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/books/fascism/shock.html
  24. ^ Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Vol. 5, No. 3, (Winter), special issue on Fascism as a Totalitarian Movement; Chip Berlet, 2003. "Terminology: Use with Caution." Fascism. Vol. 5, Critical Concepts in Political Science, Roger Griffin and Matthew Feldman, eds. New York, NY: Routledge.
  25. ^ A Fury For God, Malise Ruthven, Granta, 2002, p.207-8
  26. ^ "The Fascism of Our Times" Social Scientist VOl 21 No.3-4, 1993, p.69 [2]
  27. ^ Vincent Kundukulam, Le RSS Et L'Eglise En Inde (dissertation, St Joseph Pontifical Seminary, Aluva, Kerala); The Indian Express, 23 August 1998: "The conclusion drawn by Fr Kundukulam is that RSS cannot be considered as a nationalist organisation in the sense in which the term `nationalism' is generally interpreted in India. Nationalism represents the collective consciousness of the people transcending all barriers of caste, religion, etc. ... Religion has no place in nationalism. In this sense, Fr Kundukulam argues, RSS whose primary loyalty is to the Hindus can hardly be called a nationalist organisation. ... Kundukulam argues against branding the RSS ideology as fascism, Nazism, fundamentalism and communalism. He said the terms fascism, Nazism, and fundamentalism are much abused terms in India. They have a distinct connotation in the European context that can hardly apply to the Indian milieu."
  28. ^ Walter K. Andersen, Shridhar D. Damle, The Brotherhood in Saffron: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Hindu Revivalism (1987); reviews: Stella Sandahl, Pacific Affairs (1988), 170-171: "an insidious and very clever book. It illustrates excellently how the RSS goes about recruiting and brainwashing the uncritical and credulous"; Yogendra K. Malik, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 503 (1989), 156-157: "Andersen and Damle avoid categorising the RSS as having any ideologically based framework; rather, they treat their subject with considerable understanding and objectivity".
  29. ^ Ethnic and Racial Studies Volume 23 Number 3 May 2000 pp. 407–441 ISSN 0141-9870 print/ISSN 1466-4356 online
  30. ^ MS Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, Jagarana Prakashana, Bangalore, 1966, p.210
  31. ^ Hindu-Zion
  32. ^ Elst, Koenraad (2001). The Saffron Swastika: The Notion of "Hindu Fascism". Voice of India. ISBN 8185990697. 
  33. ^ "Think-Israel". Think-Israel. 2009-04-28. http://www.think-israel.org/frantzman.condemninghindunationalism.html. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  34. ^ "Heathens Against Hate". Heathens Against Hate. http://www.heathensagainsthate.org/. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  35. ^ "Ásatrú is not Nazi". Angelfire.com. http://www.angelfire.com/wy/wyrd/antinazi.html. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  36. ^ "Odinism vs Nazism". Angelfire.com. http://www.angelfire.com/wy/wyrd/odinvsnazi.html. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  37. ^ Kaplan, Jeffrey. 1997. Radical Religion in America, Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press.
  38. ^ Chip Berlet and Stanislav Vysotsky. (2006, Summer). Overview of U.S. white supremacist groups. Journal of Political and Military Sociology 34(1), 11-48.
  39. ^ Devin Burghart and Justin Massa. 2001. "Damned, Defiant and Dangerous: Continuing White Supremacist Violence in the U.S." Searchlight July, online archive.
  40. ^ Devin Burghart, ed. 1999. Soundtracks to the White Revolution: White Supremacist Assaults on Youth Music Subcultures. Chicago, IL: Center for New Community [in cooperation with Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity].
  41. ^ See also: Berlet, Chip. "White Order of Thule" and "Other Groups and Movements" accessed January 5, 2007

Further reading

General
  • Armstrong, Karen. 2001. The Battle for God. New York: Ballantine.
  • Cohn, Norman. [1957] 1970. The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages. Revised and expanded. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ellwood, Robert. 2000. "Nazism as a Millennialist Movement." In Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases, ed. Catherine Wessinger, 241-260. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
  • Gentile, Emilio, The Sacralization of Politics in Fascist Italy, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1994.
  • "Fascism, "Totalitarianism and Political Religion: Definitions and Critical Reflections on Criticism of an Interpretation," Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, special issue on Fascism as a Totalitarian Movement, 2004, vol. 5, no.3, pp. 351–56.
  • Jurgensmeyer, Mark. 2000. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Kaplan, Jeffrey. 1997. Radical Religion in America, Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press.
  • Rhodes, J. M. 1980. The Hitler movement: A modern millenarian revolution. Stanford, Calif: Hoover Institution Press / Stanford Univ.
  • Robbins, T., and S. J. Palmer, eds. 1997. Millennium, messiahs, and mayhem. New York: Routledge.
Christianity
  • Armstrong, Karen. 2001. The Battle for God. New York: Ballantine.
  • Gorenberg, Gershom. 2000. The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. New York: The Free Press.
  • Barkun, Michael. 1994. Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill NC. ISBN 0-8078-4451-9
  • Stanley R. Barrett, Is God a Racist?: The Right Wing in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987).
Islam
  • 2001. "Jihad and Martyrdom Operations as Apocalyptic Events." Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Center for Millennial Studies Conference, Boston University, November.
  • 2002. "America, the Second ‘Ad: The Perception of the United States in Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." Yale Center for International and Area Studies Publications 5:150-93.
  • Armstrong, Karen. 2001. The Battle for God. New York: Ballantine.
  • Cook, David. 1996. "Muslim Apocalyptic and Jihad." Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 20:66-104.
  • Esposito, John L. 2002. Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Gorenberg, Gershom. 2000. The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. New York: The Free Press.
  • Laqueur, Walter. 1996. Fascism: Past, Present, Future. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Rashid, Ahmed. 2001. Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia. New Haven: Yale Nota Bene.
  • Wistrich, Robert S. 2002. "The New Islamic Fascism", in Partisan Review 69 (1), pp32–34 or Jerusalem Post 16 November 2001. Online (payment required)
  • Horowitz, David, "Unholy Alliance:Radical Islam and the American Left", Regnery Publishing ISBN 089526076X
  • Utz, Richard: "Remembering Ritual Murder: The Anti-Semitic Blood Accusation Narrative in Medieval and Contemporary Cultural Memory." In Genre and Ritual: The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals. Ed. Eyolf Østrem. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press/University of Copenhagen, 2005. Pp. 145–62
Judaism
  • Armstrong, Karen. 2001. The Battle for God. New York: Ballantine.
  • Gorenberg, Gershom. 2000. The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. New York: The Free Press.
  • Robert I. Friedman, The False Prophet: Rabbi Meir Kahane From FBI Informant to Knesset Member, (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Lawrence Hill Books, 1990);
  • Robert I. Friedman, Zealots for Zion: Inside Israel's West Bank Settlement Movement (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1994);
  • Raphael Mergui and Philippe Simonnot, Israel's Ayatollahs: Meir Kahane and the Far Right in Israel (London: Saqi Books, 1987);
  • Michael Karpin and Ina Friedman, Murder in the Name of God: The Plot to Kill Yitzhak Rabin (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 1998).
Hinduism
  • Andersen, Walter K. 1998. "Bharatiya Janata Party: Searching for the Hindu Nationalist Face." Pp. 219–232 in The New Politics of the Right: Neo-Populist Parties and Movements in Established Democracies, Hans-Georg Betz and Stefan Immerfall, eds., New York: St. Martin’s Press.
  • Walter K Andersen, Shridhar Damie. Brotherhood in Saffron: Rashtriya Swayarnsevak Sangh and Hindu Revivalism (Westview special studies on South and Southeast Asia) 1987 ISBN 0813373581
  • Banerjee, Partha. 1998. In the Belly of the Beast: The Hindu Supremacist RSS and BJP of India. Delhi: Ajanta.
  • Tapan Basu Khaki Shorts: Saffron Flags 1993 Orient Longman ISBN 0863113834
  • Elst, Koenraad. Decolonizing the Hindu Mind. Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism. Rupa, Delhi 2001.
  • Elst, Koenraad. "The Saffron Swastika. The Notion of 'Hindu Fascism'." Voice of India, Delhi 2001. [3] [4]
  • Embree, Ainslie T. 1994. "The Function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh: To Define the Hindu Nation." Pp. 617–652 in Accounting for Fundamentalisms, The Fundamentalism Project 4, Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby, eds. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Golwalkar, A Bunch of thoughts
  • Hansen, Thomas Blom. 1999. The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Review
  • Rajesh Tembarai Krishnamachari "Decline of the Left in India", South Asia Analysis Group
  • Sheshadri H. V.; Shri Guruji, A Life Sketch; Jalandhar, 2006
  • Smith, David James, Hinduism and Modernity P189, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 0-631-20862-3
  • Sarkar, Tanika, and Urvashi Butalia, eds. 1995. Women and the Hindu Right. New Delhi: Kali for Women.
  • Savarkar, Vinayak Damodar. Hindutva. Bharati Sahitya Sadan, Delhi 1989 (1923).
Paganism
  • Chip Berlet and Stanislav Vysotsky. (2006, Summer). Overview of U.S. white supremacist groups. Journal of Political and Military Sociology 34(1), 11-48.
  • Devin Burghart and Justin Massa. 2001. "Damned, Defiant and Dangerous: Continuing White Su-premacist Violence in the U.S." Searchlight July, online archive.
  • Devin Burghart, ed. 1999. Soundtracks to the White Revolution: White Supremacist Assaults on Youth Music Subcultures. Chicago, IL: Center for New Community [in cooperation with Northwest Coa-lition for Human Dignity].
  • Gardell, Mattia. 2003. Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.
  • Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas. 2002. Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity. New York: NYU Press.

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