By Mark Sedgwick

ISBN-10: 0195152972

ISBN-13: 9780195152975

ISBN-10: 0195396014

ISBN-13: 9780195396010

the 1st background of Traditionalism, a tremendous but unusually little-known twentieth-century anti-modern circulation. Comprising a few usually mystery yet occasionally very influential non secular teams within the West and within the Islamic global, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the advance of the sphere of non secular experiences within the usa.
within the 19th century, at a time whilst revolutionary intellectuals had misplaced religion in Christianity's skill to carry non secular and religious fact, the West came upon non-Western non secular writings. From those beginnings grew Traditionalism, rising from the occultist milieu of past due nineteenth-century France, and fed through the common lack of religion in development that the 1st global conflict. operating first in Paris after which in Cairo, the French author René Guénon rejected modernity as a dismal age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy-- the crucial non secular truths at the back of all of the significant international religions --largely at the foundation of his interpreting of Hindu non secular texts.
a couple of dissatisfied intellectuals replied to Guénon's name with makes an attempt to place thought into perform. a few tried with no luck to lead Fascism and Nazism alongside Traditionalist strains; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalism eventually supplied the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and on the finish of the 20th century started to input the controversy within the Islamic international in regards to the fascinating dating among Islam and modernity

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