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Religious extremism and status quo

Just thinking… It seems like religious extremism is associated with status quo challenging powers, and moderation is associated with dominant powers. This could be because of hegemony (cultural Gramscian) The dominant norms seem to be neutral and natural whereas the subordinate ones become abnormal and  extreme. But it could also be a strategy to displace power imbalances. Thinking of Spain under Islam as having a very tolerant regime with the Christians coming in with inquisition at the heel. Today Christianity seems to be them ore tolerant religion.

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