Kuwaiti journalist and businesswoman Aisha al-Rsheid talks to reporters during a press conference at her office in Kuwait City on Saturday, May 21, 2005. Al-Rsheid announced that she will run for parliament in 2007 in a precinct that is known to be a bastion for Muslim fundamentalists who oppose women in politics. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari).
fun·da·men·tal·ism [fùndə mént’l ìzzəm]
1. movement advocating return to traditional principles: a religious or political movement based on a literal interpretation of and strict adherence to doctrine, especially as a return to former principles
2. support for literal explanation: the belief that religious or political doctrine should be implemented literally, not interpreted or adapted
-fun·da·men·tal·ist, n adj -fun·da·men·tal·ist·ic [fùndə ment’l ístik], adj