What do we understand by Islamic “fundamentalism”? A review based on our hermeneutical limits and the sense of history in terms of the juridical-political legacy of such a creed.


  • Julio Francisco Villarreal Universidad Científica del Sur (Lima, Peru)
  • Flaminia Maietti Universidad Continental (Huancayo, Peru)
  • Jaime Araujo Frías Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa (Arequipa, Perú)
  • Facundo Rodriguez Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina)




islamic law, islamic fundamentalism, shari´ a, otherness, history of islam


Objective of the study: to examine the thesis according to which a criterion of synonymity can be predicated between the notion of "Islamic fundamentalism" and the universe of juridical-political predicates inherent to the practice of this creed.

Conceptual foundation: it will be studied what is to be understood by such "Islamic fundamentalism", as well as the historical course on which the typification of the juridical-political manifestations stemming from within the Muslim religion as “extremist” became generalized.

Methodology: a critical hermeneutic method was used, analyzing, by means of sociological and discourse analysis provisions, the content of those doctrines that preached the effective virtuality of the synonymy in question.

Main results: the conclusion of this paper supports the idea according to which the criterion of identity between the so-called “Islamic fundamentalism” and the plurality of juridical-political predicates inherent to the practice of such dogma can only be predicated for very concrete historical processes which are, as such, limited in the annals of such religion. Consequently, this article contravene the validity of the referred analogy.

Contributions or implications: This article vindicates the need for a heuristic exercise that contests the hegemonic representations according to which the Islamic socio-political logos is constructed as intrinsically fundamentalist, especially in those cases in which the discursive and semiotic practices that validate such readings are structured on the basis of the radical suppression of the universe of ideas, values and beliefs of the identity of the Muslim as an otherness.


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How to Cite

Villarreal, J. F., Maietti, F., Araujo Frías, J. ., & Rodriguez, F. (2023). What do we understand by Islamic “fundamentalism”? A review based on our hermeneutical limits and the sense of history in terms of the juridical-political legacy of such a creed. Journal of Law and Sustainable Development, 11(1), e0270. https://doi.org/10.37497/sdgs.v11i1.270