Grosfoguel, who teaches in the department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, gives a decolonial description of fundamentalism which should give food for thought for all those Westerners who would like to save minority citizens from themselves, particularly Muslims, by banning headscarves and other such measures. Here is the quote from Grosfoguel (2010):
If we define fundamentalism as those perspectives that assume their own cosmology and epistemology to be superior and as the only source of truth, inferiorizing and denying equality to other epistemologies and cosmologies, then Eurocentrism is not merely a form of fundamentalism but the hegemonic fundamentalism in the world today. Those Third Worldist fundamentalisms (Afrocentric, Islamist, Indigenist, etc.) that emerge in response to the hegemonic Eurocentric fundamentalism and that the ‘Western’ press put in the front pages of newspapers every day are subordinated forms of Eurocentric fundamentalism insofar as they reproduce and leave intact the binary, essentialist, racial hierarchies of Eurocentric fundamentalism.
Transdisciplinary scholar of Islam and Sufism.