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

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

by Ali Mirsepassi
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521650007
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2000
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: modernity and "culture"1
1Western narratives of modernity15
Orientalism and the Occidentalist discontent15
Montesquieu's Persian Letters18
Hegel: the colonization of world history24
Karl Marx: the materialist narrative of modernity36
The "popularization" of the Islamic Other40
2Reconciling with the West's Other54
The Mashruteh movement: reconciliation through capitulation55
3The crisis of secularism and the rise of political Islam65
The decline of democratic secularism (1941-53)66
Modernization and its discontent73
The politicization of Shi'ism79
Reform in Shi'i institutions84
4Islam as a modernizing ideology: Al-e Ahmad and Shari'ati96
Al-e Ahmad: "return" to the "roots"97
Ali Shari'ati: Islamic ideology as an authentic discourse114
5German intellectuals and the culture of modernity129
The German context131
The "discourse of authenticity" in Friedrich Nietzsche and Ernst Junger137
Martin Heidegger146
6The tragedy of the Iranian Left159
A brief history of socialist movements160
The Revolution and the Left164
The social bases and composition of the Left171
Critiques of the Left175
A response to the critiques177
7Modernities of our time180
The "Islamic mind"180
Modernization and the survival of cultures186
Predicament of secularism189
Theoretical and political implications191
Notes194
Bibliography216
Index224

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