Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran / Edition 1

Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran / Edition 1

by Ali Mirsepassi, Ali Mirepassi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521659973

ISBN-13: 9780521659970

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this thought-provoking book, Ali Mirsepassi explores the concept of modernity and exposes the Eurocentric prejudices underlying its development. He provides a new interpretation of Islamic Fundamentalism through a detailed analysis of the ideas of key Islamic intellectuals and argues that the Iranian Revolution was not a simple clash between modernity and

Overview

In this thought-provoking book, Ali Mirsepassi explores the concept of modernity and exposes the Eurocentric prejudices underlying its development. He provides a new interpretation of Islamic Fundamentalism through a detailed analysis of the ideas of key Islamic intellectuals and argues that the Iranian Revolution was not a simple clash between modernity and tradition but an attempt to accommodate modernity within a sense of authentic Islamic identity and culture. He concludes by assessing the future of secularism and democracy in the Middle East in general, and in Iran in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521659970
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: modernity and 'culture'; 1. Western narratives of modernity; 2. Reconciling with the West's other; 3. The crisis of secularism and the rise of political Islam; 4. Islam as a modernizing ideology: Al-e Ahmad and Shari'ati; 5. German intellectuals and the culture of modernity; 6. The tragedy of the Iranian left; 7. Modernities of our time; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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