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INTERNATIONAL, PEER REVIEWED/REFEREED, MULTIDISCIPLINARY,BIANNUAL,BILINGUAL, OPEN ACCESS,INDEXED JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES INTERNATIONAL, PEER REVIEWED/REFEREED, MULTIDISCIPLINARY,BIANNUAL,BILINGUAL, OPEN ACCESS,INDEXED JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES

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