By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Starting with the wars of old Persia and Greece, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam searches for the theoretical underpinnings of the "clash of civilizations" that has made up our minds a lot of our political and cultural discourse.
He revisits the Crusades, colonialism, the Enlightenment, and our modern conflict on terror, and he engages with either japanese and western thinkers, akin to Adorno, Derrida, Farabi, Foucault, Hegel, Khayyam, Marcuse, Marx, acknowledged, Ibn Sina, and Weber.
Adib-Moghaddam's research explains the conceptual genesis of the conflict of civilizations and the impression of western and Islamic representations of the opposite. He highlights the discontinuities among Islamism and the canon of Islamic philosophy, which distinguishes among Avicennian and Qutbian discourses of Islam, and he unearths how violence turned inscribed in western rules, particularly throughout the Enlightenment. increasing severe concept to incorporate Islamic philosophy and poetry, this metahistory refuses to regard Muslims and Europeans, americans and Arabs, and the Orient and the Occident as separate entities.
'This passionate and chic paintings is a energetic antidote to a constellation of discourses steeped within the Weltanschauung that the name of Samuel Huntington's notorious ebook encapsulates so good. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam's reflections are a stimulating contribution to Edward Said's legacy of radical critique of all essentialist structures of otherness.'
(Gilbert Achcar, writer (with Noam Chomsky) of Perilous strength: the center East and U.S. international coverage )
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Divan, Jalal ad-Din Rumi's poetic musings about the enveloping powers of love or Aldous Huxley's beautifully metaphysical style in The Perennial Philosophy to appreciate that there have been constant and quite successful efforts to transcend dichotomous reasoning, to move beyond the limitations of Manichean categories. All the more surprising that the clash regime continues to be so vividly contemporaneous; that we have not managed to find a consensus that could signify a common fate for humanity.
Some of them think difference absolute and immitigable, some of them necessary and expedient. All of them implode within the hyphen between the self-other dialectic thus provoked. Hence they open up a vast space that we think unbridgeable. We will find that to that end, particular methodical and grammatical 'devices' are used. The force of those disjunctive attitudes suggests to some of us today that the natural order of things is Manichean, that everything beyond the confines of what we have been habituated to claim as 'our' realm, must be other to us.
2, No. 1 ( 1 9 9 5 ) , pp. 1 - 2 6 ; . Other recent studies dealing with the clash thesis include: Fawaz Gerges, America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1 9 9 9 ; Graham E. Fuller and Ian O. Lesser, A Sense of Siege: The geopolitics of Islam and the West, Boulder, C O : Westview 1 9 9 5 ; Amin Saikal, Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation, London: Palgrave, 2 0 0 3 ; Mark B. Salter, Barbarians and Civilization in International Relations, London: Pluto, 2 0 0 2 ; and S.
A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and Them Beyond Orientalism by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam