Religion and intergroup conflict: modern studies of religious fundamentalism



The article contains an overview of modern approaches to the question of whether beliefs, specifically religious relations, practices or religious groups are the cause of intergroup conflict. The considered key arguments «for» and «against» the decisive role of religion in the intergroup opposition that is related to the religious factor do not allow drawing definite conclusions. Studies show that the role of a key variable in the structure of interreligious hostility - religious fundamentalism – is extremely ambiguous and strongly depends on the characteristics of the situation (for example, the nature of priming with religious texts), and on the cultural context. The specificity of micro and macro levels in a particular situation can lead to both – an increase and a leveling out of the «religion-specific» factor in intergroup opposition.

General Information

Keywords: religious fundamentalism, intergroup hostility, prejudice, religiosity

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Khukhlaev O.E., Аlexandrova E.A., Zykov E.V. Religion and intergroup conflict: modern studies of religious fundamentalism [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 32–39. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2018070404. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Oleg E. Khukhlaev, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Acre, Israel, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena A. Аlexandrova, PhD in Culture, associate professor at the chair of etnopsychology and psychological problems of multicultural education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Evgenii V. Zykov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Special Pedagogy and Psychology, Armavir State Pedagogical Academy, Armavir, Russia, e-mail:



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