Iranian Intellectuals In The Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Iranian Intellectuals In The Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Ali Gheissari
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292728042

ISBN-13: 9780292728042

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, Iranian intellectuals have been preoccupied by issues of political and social reform, Iran's relation with the modern West, and autocracy, or arbitrary rule. Drawing from a close reading of a broad array of primary sources, this book offers a thematic account of the Iranian intelligentsia from the Constitutional movement

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Since the middle of the nineteenth century, Iranian intellectuals have been preoccupied by issues of political and social reform, Iran's relation with the modern West, and autocracy, or arbitrary rule. Drawing from a close reading of a broad array of primary sources, this book offers a thematic account of the Iranian intelligentsia from the Constitutional movement of 1905 to the post-1979 revolution.

Ali Gheissari shows how in Iran, as in many other countries, intellectuals have been the prime mediators between the forces of tradition and modernity and have contributed significantly to the formation of the modern Iranian self image. His analysis of intellectuals' response to a number of fundamental questions, such as nationalism, identity, and the relation between Islam and modern politics, sheds new light on the factors that led to the Iranian Revolution—the twentieth century's first major departure from Western political ideals—and helps explain the complexities surrounding the reception of Western ideologies in the Middle East.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292728042
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Transliteration and Dates
List of Bibliographic Abbreviations
1Introduction: Modern Intellectualism in Iran1
2Intellectuals in the Constitutional Period13
3Intellectuals and State Nationalism, 1921-194140
4Politics and Literature, 1941-195361
5Critique of Westernism and Debates over Modernity74
6Epilogue109
Notes121
Bibliography201
Index239

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