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By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Starting with the wars of historic Persia and Greece, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam searches for the theoretical underpinnings of the "clash of civilizations" that has made up our minds lots of our political and cultural discourse.
He revisits the Crusades, colonialism, the Enlightenment, and our modern struggle on terror, and he engages with either jap and western thinkers, resembling Adorno, Derrida, Farabi, Foucault, Hegel, Khayyam, Marcuse, Marx, stated, 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 principles, specifically through the Enlightenment. increasing severe 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 stylish paintings is a lively antidote to a constellation of discourses steeped within the Weltanschauung that the name of Samuel Huntington's notorious e-book 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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I am aware that my focus on the structural depth of the clash regime and its corresponding psychological efficacy is open to the criticism that I am vastly exaggerating the pervasive power of this cultural artefact. But I think it is a qualified emphasis. As I hope to demonstrate in the following chapters: contemporary society is exposed to the clash regime as preconditioned by its exclusionary premises which have been sustained and enriched from innumerable loci throughout human history. Some of us think of the clash of civilisations today, in short, because we are coded to do so.
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. Sayyid, A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the emergence of Islamism, London: Zed, 1 9 9 7 . For a critique of Sayyid from the 'Left' see Susan Buck-Morss, Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and critical theory on the Left, London: Verso, 2 0 0 3 , pp.
44 For a great many less, whose destructive powers are nonetheless exponentially higher, they continue to be worth dying and killing for. And for yet others they, or related sub-concepts such as 'humanitarian intervention', the 'caliphate' or the 'free world', function as ready-made formulas to legitimate aggression and murder. The latter two groups 'inhabit' the clash regime and have immediate analytical value for this study. In one way or another they are busy remoulding disparate issues, for instance the Rushdie affair, the cartoon controversy in Denmark, 9/11 and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, into the quasi-reality that the clash between Islam and the West is inevitable.
A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and Them Beyond Orientalism by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam