Cultural Schizophrenia: Islamic Societies Confronting the West

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - 188 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 leads to a profound distortion not only in how the Muslim world 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.
 

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Postponing the End so Unable to Begin
3
On Holiday from History
12
The Fear of Losing Identity
22
Reality is Always Somewhere Else
33
The Change of Paradigm
44
The Struggle between the Paradigms
50
A Consciousness Trailing Behind the Idea
59
Westernization
76
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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Sobre el autor (1997)

Daryush Shayegan is the former director of the Iranian Centre for the Study of Civilizations.

JOHN HOWE is professor emeritus of history at the University of Minnesota.

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