Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisation: Us and Them Beyond Orientalism

Paperback | January 16, 2014

byArshin Adib-Moghaddam

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This book seeks to dispel the myth that we have ever been embroiled in some "clash of civilisations." Adib-Moghaddam traverses various intellectual disciplines in order to find a pathway through the conceptual maze that has habituated us to think in "tribal" categories. Accompanying the readeron this journey from the wars between ancient Persia and Greece, the Crusades, Colonialism and the Enlightenment to the contemporary "wars on terror" are thinkers from "East" and "West": Adorno, Derrida, Farabi, Foucault, Hegel, Khayyam, Marcuse, Marx, Said, Ibn Sina, Weber. In asking where ideas such as the "clash of civilisations" come from, and by whom they are perpetuated, Adib-Moghaddam engages with both western and Islamic representations of the "other." He demonstrates a) the discontinuities between 'Islamism' and the canon of classical Islamic philosophydistinguishing between "Avicennian" and "Qutbian" discourses of Islam, and b) how the violence inscribed in the idea of the "West," especially during the period of the Enlightenment, continues to cast a shadow on world politics today. Expanding the geography of critical theory to include the canonsof Islamic philosophy and poetry, A Metahistory of the Cash of Civilisations refuses to divorce Muslims from Europeans, Americans from Arabs, the Orient from the Occident. As such, it presents a frontal attack on our current cultural reality and Islamist-Western agitation against each other.

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This book seeks to dispel the myth that we have ever been embroiled in some "clash of civilisations." Adib-Moghaddam traverses various intellectual disciplines in order to find a pathway through the conceptual maze that has habituated us to think in "tribal" categories. Accompanying the readeron this journey from the wars between ancie...

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations and Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He is the author ofThe International Politics of the Persian Gulf: A cultural genealogy(Routledge, 2006, 2009),Iran in World Politics: The question of the Islamic Republic(Hurst...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:January 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199333521

ISBN - 13:9780199333523

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