Negotiation of Human: Non-Human as a Question of Meaning in 20th Century Iranian Authenticity Discourse

Gösken, Urs (2016). Negotiation of Human: Non-Human as a Question of Meaning in 20th Century Iranian Authenticity Discourse (Submitted). In: International conference ‚Human: Non-Human – Bodies, Things, and Matter across Asia and Europe. University of Zurich. 06.-08.10.2016.

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Iranian identity and authenticity discourse constitutes a crucial phenomenon of Iranian intellectual counter culture during the Pahlavī era (1925-1979). The paper discusses this discourse in terms of a question of meaning or meaningfulness by analyzing the essay 'West infection [Ġarbzadegī]' by the Iranian thinker and writer Ǧalāl Āl-e Aḥmad (1923-1969) which, in the early 1960, set the tone and, to a considerable extent, the agenda of this debate to this very day. In the essay, the author deals with modern technological civilization as a kind of dehumanizing disease affecting both Iran and 'the West' itself.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Gösken, Urs

Subjects:

200 Religion > 290 Other religions
100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
100 Philosophy > 190 Modern western philosophy
200 Religion
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 890 Other literatures
900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe
900 History > 990 History of other areas

Language:

English

Submitter:

Urs Gösken

Date Deposited:

15 Dec 2016 16:00

Last Modified:

15 Dec 2016 16:00

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/90147

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