By Ramin Jahanbegloo, Roksana Bahramitash, Sohrab Behdad, Jamsheed Behnam, Hamid Dabashi the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, Nader Hashemi, Mazyar Lotfalian, Monica M. Ringer, Ahmad Sadri, Sussa

ISBN-10: 0739105299

ISBN-13: 9780739105290

ISBN-10: 0739105302

ISBN-13: 9780739105306

The Iranian Revolution represented to intellectuals and execs the opportunity of religious values to overcome the nice strength of financial imperialism. but out of this revolution has emerged an identification concern that touches Islamic ideological heights and reaches all the way down to the very floor of Islamic perform. The participants to this assortment, specialists on Iranian cultural and political historical past, study the _fragmented self_ of present day Iranian, refracted via that country's associations, marketplace forces, and glossy inspiration. every one essay either deepens our knowing of latest Iran and provides to the wider dialogue of the connection among Islam and the West.

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Yet in the 1980s, the tide reversed once again. Government pursued privatization of industry and expansion of trade and encouraged foreign investments. Religion, which had turned into an ideology in the early years of the revolution, gradually returned to its fundamentalist form and became an instrument for governing. By then, however, significant segments of the Iranian population had turned to the political values of modernity, including respect for democracy, civil society, and women's rights.

The denaturalization of language and culture is the object of the discourse of authenticity. As in the work of Martin Heidegger (1977), techne is understood by authenticity as both revealing and an obstacle. Modern technology for Heidegger is a mode of truth that passes from covered to uncovered. Techne for him is a denaturalization of language through arraisonnment of nature and being through calculation. The discourse of authenticity has been influential among Iranian thinkers. "Westoxification" (Gharbzadegi), for instance, which became one of the main tropes of the Iranian revolution, is a search for authenticity.

The Book of Ahmad (1893,1894) concerns itself with a new way of knowing. This book is written in a conversational mode unlike the language of the learned literati. The parallel between Ahmad and Rousseau's Emile is evident, suggesting a kind of a cultural translation. Talibuf's book sets the scene by arguing for the importance of developing the natural curiosity of children by letting them explore nature and experience it for themselves. His argument was directed at traditional Islamic schooling, calling for a kind of education that was not under religious auspices.

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