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Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization

Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization
Negotiating Modernity in Iran

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  • Date Published: October 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521659970

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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. He concludes by assessing the future of secularism and democracy in the Middle East in general, and in Iran in particular.

    • Develops a new concept of modernity, free from traditional Eurocentric assumptions
    • New perspective on Islamic Fundamentalism
    • Unique study of the cultural and social transformations taken place since the Iranian Revolution
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    "...an excellent addition to the on-going debates in sociology and the Middle East." Contemporary Sociology

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    • Date Published: October 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521659970
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 154 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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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    Ali Mirsepassi, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts

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