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Against the Modern World : Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century

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Against the Modern World is the first history of Traditionalism, an influential yet surprisingly little-known twentieth century anti-modernist movement. Involving a number of important, yet often secret, religious groups in the West and Islamic world, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and religious studies in the United States. Emerging from the 'discovery' in the West of non-Western religious writings, at a time in the nineteeth century when progressive intellectuals had lost faith in the ability of Christianity to deliver religious and spiritual truth, it was fuelled by the widespread religious scepticism that followed World War I. It found its voice in Rene Guenon, a French writer who rejected modernity as a dark age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy - the fundamental truth uniting all the world's religions. Mark Sedgwick reveals how this pervasive intellectual movement helped shape major events in twentieth century religious life, politics and scholarship - all the while remaining invisible to outsiders.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 160 x 233.7 x 30.5mm | 657.72g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195152972
  • 9780195152975
  • 1,985,480

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Against the Modern World is a valuable and comprehensive effort by a non-Traditionalist to chronicle this fascinating and often troubling movement in its entirety. * Financial Times Magazine - Weekend * ... a wealth of information on the lives of the Traditionalists ... This book is a valuable companion to their works, a comprehensive and neutrally presented archive of the personalities and authors, along with their political activities and personal lives. * Financial Times Magazine - Weekend * Sedgwick's scholarship regarding Traditionalists themselves is exhaustive and admirable ... Sedgwick contributes an introduction and overview of an otherwise little-known, but important, moment in modern intellectual history. * Colin Beech, Journal of World History *show more

About Mark Sedgwick

Mark Sedgwick is head of the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit at Aarhus University in Denmark and is the author of Sufism: The Essentials (2000).show more

Table of contents

PROLOGUE; LIST OF MAIN CHARACTERS; PART I: THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADITIONALISM; PART II: TRADITIONALISM IN PRACTICE; PART III: TRADITIONALISM AT LARGE; PART IV: TRADITIONALISM AND THE FUTUREshow more

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