The Fundamentalists Plurality Problem
I’m excited to announce my first article on e-International Relations just got published, which is looking at both Islamic and Christian fundamentalism, “The Fundamentalists Plurality Problem.” Here’s a brief excerpt from that piece.
Over the past several months I have been writing about contemporary theories of radical democracy and the politics of plurinationalism in Ecuador, Bolivia and Nepal, and trying to think critically about what these political experiments can teach us regarding the challenges of trying to imagine new worlds beyond the current dominant influence, namely liberal capitalism or neoliberalism. While both Ecuador and Bolivia are further along this experimental road of plurinationalism than Nepal, which is still mired in constitutional debates about its future and may yet opt against some kind of ethnic federalism, the initial challenges and victories are telling.
One of the biggest obstacles that seems to come up time and again in my research is this question of political alternatives—not only to capitalism, but also to the politics of democratic liberalism. And while I want to suggest there are numerous fascinating discussions to be had about this question in both the Andes and Himalayas where I have been focusing, this larger issue can help us think about some of the important political developments going on right now in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
For those who want more information, the link to the IS Manifesto on women that I discuss in this article can be downloaded here: Women of the Islamic State.
For those who want to see the Fox News interview with Franklin Graham I discuss, you can watch the whole video here: “Franklin Graham: President Obama is Responsible for ISIS.”
You can read the rest of the story right here.