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Author Shomali, Alireza,
Title Thoughtlessness and religious decadence in Iran : a sojourn in comparative political theory / Alireza Shomali.
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, 2019.

Author Shomali, Alireza,
Subject Political science -- Iran.
Political science -- Iran -- Philosophy.
Political culture -- Iran.
Religion and politics -- Iran.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Headless babes : Adorno and thinking about thinking -- These impotent rebels : Strauss and modern decadence -- God's greatest name : disparity dictum and political religion -- So long as they stay asinine : Razi on reason and religion -- The folklore of philosophy : Farabi's political philosophy of religion.
Summary Political decay in Islamic societies has for the most part been the subject of structural analyses while philosophical studies have been rare, often speculative and deterministic. Thoughtlessness and Religious Decadence in Iran: A Sojourn in Comparative Political Theory explores from a theoretical perspective the problem of democracy deficit--or, political decadence--, in contemporary Iran and, by implication, in present-day Middle Eastern societies. This decadence, the book argues, is in part a religion-based decadence, and deliverance from it requires collective thoughtfulness about religion. Alireza Shomali conceptualizes the Iranian Reality in terms of a lack of not only good life but also thinking of good living. This thoughtlessness means dissolution of critical consciousness and, as such, it heralds escalating decadence. At this moment of rapid decay, the book argues, thought must become relevant to society: the communicative practice of thinking must emerge to examine the pathologies of a religiously administrated life. Opening a dialogue between Adorno, Strauss, Farabi and Razi, among others, Shomali underlines the critical points of similarity and difference between these thinkers and envisions a "local" emancipatory project that, noting the specifics of the Iranian case, takes lessons from the western experience without blind imitation.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781438473802 (electronic bk.)
143847380X (electronic bk.)
9781438473796
1438473796
OCLC # 1097665106
Additional Format Print version: Shomali, Alireza. Thoughtlessness and religious decadence in Iran. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2019 9781438473796 (DLC) 2018021844 (OCoLC)1044777578


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