Lost Wisdom

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Dezember 2003



In the essays collected here, Abbas Milani uses an impressive array of cross-disciplinary Western and Iranian theories and texts to investigate the crucial question of modernity in Iran today. He offers a wealth of new insights into the thousand-year-old conflict in Iran between the search for modernity and the forces of religious obscurantism. The essays trace the roots of Shiite Islamic Fundamentalism and offer illuminating accounts of the work of Iranian intellectuals--both men and women--and their artistic movements as they struggle to find a new path toward a genuine modernity in Iran that is congruent with Iran's rich cultural heritage. Included are essays on "Kafi, a textual source of Shia fundamentalism; Sa'di's modernistic inclinations; Nasir al-Din Shah's travels to Europe; the neglected Iranian intellectual Shadman; Jafar Shahri and the city of Tehran; Sadeq Hedayat's tragic vision; Houshang Golshiri and and the Janus face of tradition; the polymathic Ebrahim Golestan; writer Shahrnush Parsipur's "Blue Logos: and Iranians in exile. These essays will reward the scholar and the general reader alike, and will go far toward explaining the enigma that is Iran today.


Abbas Milani


"Milani shows that long before the European Renaissance generated the radical ideas that eventually reshaped Europe and the United States, Persian statesmen, artists, and intellectuals had formulated ideas that strikingly anticipate those of modernity.... Lost Wisdom is not only a powerful work of historical analysis; it is also a moving and eloquent account of a series of remarkable individuals, depicted with rare sensitivity and precision. This is an important book for readers eager to expand their intellectual horizons beyond the familiar cost of characters and ideas."
EAN: 9780934211895
ISBN: 0934211892
Untertitel: Rethinking Modernity in Iran. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Mage Publishers
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2003
Seitenanzahl: 168 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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