Both Eastern and Western: an intellectual history of Iranian modernity

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....

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Main Author: Matin-Asgari, Afshin 1955-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom Cambridge University Press 2018
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Iran / Religion / Politics / Intellectual history
Further subjects:B Political science Iran Philosophy
B Iran Intellectual life 20th century
B Iran Intellectual life 21st century
B Iran History Historiography
B Islam and politics Iran
B East and West
B Iran History 1979-1997
B Iran History 1997-
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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
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
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:1108449972