Fundamentalism is a fairly recent concept in western vernacular, but it has existed from the earliest periods of recorded history. This course will start with a look at fundamentalism in the United States and from there expand to include how fundamentalism has played a role in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, as well as the Hindu and Sikh religious traditions. We will examine the major characteristics that constitute fundamentalism and look at examples of how those characteristics influence the various religions. We will also briefly examine those places where fundamentalism spills over from the religious setting to the political. Finally, we will discuss what the future holds for fundamentalism and its continuing role in the world of tomorrow.