Religious Fundamentalist and Anti-secularist Identity

A Stream on “The Social Sources of Religious Fundamentalist and Anti-secularist Identity”
as part of the 4th Annual International Conference on Anthropology
18-21 June 2018, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Anthropology & Demography Unit of ATINER organizes a Stream on “The Social Sources of Religious Fundamentalist and Anti-secularist Identity” as part of the 4th Annual International Conference on Anthropology, 18-21 June 2018, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

The article that inspired this investigation first appeared in the journal Perspectives on Politics. This is to say, the investigation began with a question of political philosophy. The questions that are addressed follow the framework laid out in the ‘clash of civilizations’ setting ‘Western secular humanism’ against that of Islamic theorist Sayyid Qutb, the philosophic inspiration for the Muslim Brotherhood. That being said, the discussion must also include a broader range of religious politics present in Judaism and Christianity. Since ideas do not exist only in the abstract but instead are incorporated into group beliefs, we must include Sociology and Anthropology in our purview. The question before the panel thus begins with political philosophy and then covers a broad range of subjects, including comparative religion and social group analysis.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.  

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 7 May 2018 to Dr. David Makofsky, Acaemic Member, ATINER & Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, Indiana University Northwest, USA or Dr. Bayram Unal, Professor, Nigde University, Turkey. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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