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Both Eastern and Western : an intellectual history of Iranian modernity

Title
Both Eastern and Western : an intellectual history of Iranian modernity / Afshin Matin-Asgari.
ISBN
9781108428538
1108428533
9781108449977
1108449972
Publication
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Copyright Notice Date
©2018
Physical Description
x, 361 pages ; 23 cm
Summary
Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, many western observers of Iran have seen the country caught between eastern history and 'western' modernity, between religion and secularity. As a result, analysis of political philosophy preceding the revolution has become subsumed by this narrative. Here, Afshin Matin-Asgari proposes a revisionist work of intellectual history, challenging many of the dominant paradigms in Iranian and Middle Eastern historiography and offering a new narration. In charting the intellectual construction of Iranian modernity during the twentieth-century, Matin-Asgari focuses on broad patterns of influential ideas and their relation to each other. These intellectual trends are studied in a global historical context, leading to the assertion that Iranian modernity has been sustained by at least a century of intense intellectual interaction with global ideologies.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 25, 2018
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Introduction : intellectual constructions of Iranian modernity
Lineages of authoritarian modernity : the Russo-Ottoman model
The Berlin circle : crafting the worldview of Iranian nationalism
Subverting constitutionalism : intellectuals as instruments of modern dictatorship
Intellectual missing links : politicizing religion and translating modernity
The mid-century moment of socialist hegemony
Revolutionary monarchy, political shi'ism, and Islamic marxism
Conclusion : aborted resurrection : an intellectual arena wide open to opposition.
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