By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Starting with the wars of historical Persia and Greece, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam searches for the theoretical underpinnings of the "clash of civilizations" that has made up our minds loads of our political and cultural discourse.
He revisits the Crusades, colonialism, the Enlightenment, and our modern battle on terror, and he engages with either japanese and western thinkers, resembling 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 impact 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 finds how violence grew to become inscribed in western principles, specially through the Enlightenment. increasing serious thought 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 buildings of otherness.'
(Gilbert Achcar, writer (with Noam Chomsky) of Perilous strength: the center East and U.S. overseas coverage )
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Additional info for A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and Them Beyond Orientalism
Consequently, questions such as: what were the main battles between the West and Islam, what is the history of conflict between these civilisations, why does Islam clash with the West and vice versa, must be substituted by questions of a different kind; in a specific cultural, socioeconomic, political and historical context, how do Islamic/western narratives extract themselves? How do different societal settings make possible the discourses about Islam/the West, how do they inhibit their powers?
Very much inspired by that productive 46 Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology Advanced Industrial Society, London: Routledge, 1 9 9 1 , p. 2 5 7 . of pessimism, the present book should thus be conceived of as a metahistorical critique of the clash regime, an exercise in theory and political philosophy rather than descriptive history. I am convinced with Said and Foucault that history comes after discourse, that theory precedes reality. Hence, you will find that my historical examples follow particular, thematically structured discourses about the meaning of the 'West', Islams, Orients and Occidents.
Why is such Manichaeism fictitious? Why is any clash of civilisations imagined? What constitutes the 'false consciousness' that animates the clash disciples today? As I have argued in the introduction: any interaction between self and other, even in the most violently divisive mode, can only function in a social arena where we can constitute the otherness of the other on the basis of a stock of shared knowledge about him in the first place. Viewed from the outside, the clash regime is a social system, even if it is not recognised as such by its 'inhabitants'.
A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and Them Beyond Orientalism by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam