Political Islam, Iran, and the Enlightenment: Philosophies of Hope and Despair (Google eBook)
Ali Mirsepassi's book presents a powerful challenge to the dominant media and scholarly construction of radical Islamist politics, and their anti-Western ideology, as a purely Islamic phenomenon derived from insular, traditional and monolithic religious 'foundations'. It argues that the discourse of political Islam has strong connections to important and disturbing currents in Western philosophy and modern Western intellectual trends. The work demonstrates this by establishing links between important contemporary Iranian intellectuals and the central influence of Martin Heidegger's philosophy. We are also introduced to new democratic narratives of modernity linked to diverse intellectual trends in the West and in non-Western societies, notably in India, where the ideas of John Dewey have influenced important democratic social movements. As the first book to make such connections, it promises to be an important contribution to the field and will do much to overturn some pervasive assumptions about the dichotomy between East and West.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Intellectuals and the Politics of Despair
The Crisis of the Nativist Imagination
Modernity beyond Nativism and Universalism
The Dark Side of Being and Belonging
Democracy and Religion in the Thought of John Dewey
absolute Ahmad Fardid Al-e Ahmad argued Arkoun authentic British Enlightenment claim conceived concept contemporary context counter-Enlightenment critique cultural Da-sein Dariush Shayegan deﬁned democracy democratic modernity Dewey’s dialectic discourse Discovery of India dogma dominant epistemic essence ethical everyday existence existential experience Fardid ﬁgure ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁxed framework French Gandhi global grounded Hegel Heidegger Heidegger’s Heideggerian hermeneutical historical human Ibid ical ideal ideas identiﬁed identity ideology imagination inauthentic Indian inﬂuence inﬂuential Iran Iranian intellectuals Iranian Revolution Islamist Jalal Al-e Ahmad John Dewey Martin Heidegger meaning metaphysical Mohammed Arkoun moral movement Mustafa Sa’eed narrative narrator nativist Nehru ontological paradigm Phenomenology of Spirit Philosophy of John political Islam possible practical pragmatic primordial radical reality reason reﬂection religion religious Revolution roots scientiﬁc Season of Migration secular Shari’ati Shayegan signiﬁcance social society Soroush speciﬁc spiritual struggle thinkers thought tion totalizing tradition truth universal values violence vision West Western Wolin