Cultural Schizophrenia: Islamic Societies Confronting the West

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Syracuse University Press, 1 nov 1997 - 198 páginas
Professor Daryush Shayegan's book is a major contribution to what is perhaps the most critical debate within the Muslim world today: the relationship between its own culture and the influence of Western modernity. Based on examples ranging from Iran to Morocco, the author portrays a society he defines as peripheral—bound by a slavish adherence to its own glorified history, its "Tradition"—yet facing an external reality that derives from the West. The meeting of these two incompatible worlds sees the West but, more importantly, in how it sees itself. Shayegan draws on a vast range of cultural experiences (from China and Japan to India and Latin America) in analyzing the type of mentality that is chained to its history. Sources as diverse as Jung and Octavio Paz widen the scope of this illuminating text. Already published in French, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic to great critical acclaim, this English edition of Cultural Schizophrenia will be required reading for everyone concerned with the state of the world today, whether in the Third World or the West.
 

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Índice

Postponing the End so Unable to Begin
3
On Holiday from History
12
The Fear of Losing Identity
22
THE ONTOLOGICAL DISPLACEMENT
31
Hardening of the Scholastic Arteries
38
The Change of Paradigm
44
The Struggle between the Paradigms
50
A Consciousness Trailing Behind the Idea
59
A World which is Nowhere
100
Intellectuals
121
Ideologues
140
Technocrats
148
Strategists of God
157
Notes
175
Index of Names
184
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Westernization
76

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Sobre el autor (1997)

Daryush Shayegan is a former professor of comparative philosophy and Indology at Tehran University, former director of the Iranian Center for the Study of Civilizations and former director of the Institute for Ismai`li Studies in Paris.

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