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The Global Middle East: Series Number 5



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The Global Middle East: Series Number 5 by Ali Mirsepassi

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Ahmad Fardid (1910-94), the 'anti-Western' philosopher known to many as the Iranian Heidegger, became the self-proclaimed philosophical spokesperson for the Islamic Republic, famously coining the term 'Westoxication'. Using new materials about Fardid's intellectual biography and interviews with thirteen individuals, Ali Mirsepassi pieces together the striking story of Fardid's life and intellectual legacy. Each interview in turn sheds light on Iran's twentieth-century intellectual and political self-construction and highlights Fardid's important role and influence in the creation of Iranian modernity. The Fardid phenomenon was unique to the Iranian story, and yet contributed to a broader twentieth-century Heideggerian tradition that marked the political destiny of other countries under a similar ideological sway. Through these accounts, Mirsepassi cuts to the nerve of how deadly political 'authenticity movements' take hold of modern societies and spread their ideology. Combining a sociological framework with the realities of lived experience, he examines Iran's recent and astonishing upheavals, experiments, and mass mobilizations.

Author Biography

Ali Mirsepassi is Albert Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and director of the Iranian Studies Initiative at New York University. He is the co-editor, with Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, of The Global Middle East, a book series published by Cambridge University Press, and the author of Transnationalism in Iranian Political Thought (Cambridge, 2017), Political Islam, Iran and Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2011), Democracy in Modern Iran (2010) and Intellectual Discourses and Politics of Modernization (Cambridge, 2000). He also co-authored, with Tadd Fernee, Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism (Cambridge, 2014). He was a 2007-09 Carnegie Scholar and has received several awards, including a 2001 Best Researcher of the Year Award, a teaching award from Tehran University, and 2014 Award for Outstanding Service from the Institute for International Education Scholar Rescue Fund.
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December 31st, 2018
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United Kingdom
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