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Political Islam, Iran, and the Enlightenment
Philosophies of Hope and Despair

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521745901

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  • 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.

    • Original study highlighting the influence of Western philosophy on twentieth-century Islamic thought
    • A particular emphasis on Iranian intellectuals and their connections to counter-Enlightenment philosophy
    • A rare mix of sociology, philosophy, history and politics for a broad-ranging audience of students and scholars
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    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521745901
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: political Islam's romance with the 'West'
    1. Intellectuals and the politics of despair
    2. The crisis of the nativist imagination
    3. Modernity beyond nativism and universalism
    4. Heidegger and Iran: the dark side of being and belonging
    5. Democracy and religion in the thought of John Dewey
    6. Enlightenment and moral politics
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Ali Mirsepassi, New York University
    Ali Mirsepassi is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology at the Gallatin School, New York University. His publications include Democracy in Modern Iran (2010) and Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran (2000).

    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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