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INTERNATIONAL, PEER REVIEWED/REFEREED, MULTIDISCIPLINARY,BIANNUAL,BILINGUAL, OPEN ACCESS,INDEXED JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES Special Issue on Indian Elections and General Election 2019 proposed on 31 September 2019 Vol 06 Issue 02 is proposed on 31st July 2019 Last Date of Submission 31st May 2019 Publication Date 31st July 2019(Online), 15 August 2019 (Print)

Is NEO Liberalism Catalyzing Fundamentalist and Racist Conflicts

Samarth Mahajan

Affiliations:

  1. Young India Fellow, Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana, INDIA

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Recent research has identified “that religious issues have been largely overlooked by political science” While fulfilling this gap and understanding the relationship between liberal democracy, in its current form of neo-liberalism, and the rise of religious fundamentalism, this paper attempts to exemplify the same by (i) studying the rise of radical Islam in the form of ISIS, and (ii) exploring the relationship between religious fundamentalism and cultural xenophobia by studying its role in the culmination of BREXIT, and 2016 US Presidential Elections. The method of research involves analysis of existing scholarly work on the role of neo-liberalism, religion, and the ensuing xenophobia, in the aforementioned current issues. The effort to understand the challenge posed by the violent dynamics between the two conflicting ideologies, liberal democracy and fundamentalism, is balanced by studying possible responses to it.

Keywords:
Neo-Liberalism, Fundamentalist, Race, Cold War