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Occidentosis: A Plague from the West (Contemporary Islamic by Ahmad, Jalal Al-i; Translated by R. Campbell; Annotations

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By Ahmad, Jalal Al-i; Translated by R. Campbell; Annotations and Introduction by Hamid Algar

Suppressed in Iran through the reign of the Shah, this e-book for the 1st time in a cautious, annotated translation was once released after the Islamic Revolution. it's a robust and emotional assertion via an Iranian highbrow deeply excited about what he observed as his country’s succumbing to "A plague from the West" or "occidentosis." delivering observations, insights, purposes for delight in Iran’s prior and tradition, and significant analyses of the Western position in th international. Jalal Al-i Ahmad expresses a number of the issues that agitated the intelligentsia through the 20 years ahead of the Islamic Revolution. the writer starts off by means of explaining his time period "occidentosis: and describing how he sees the realm: as divided among the poles of East and West. The department isn't quite a bit a geographical or an ideological schism, as a department among the produces and the shoppers of machines. a short overview of heritage is helping clarify how and why Iran grew occidentotic. He can't and doesn't forget about the function of oil. the numerous contradictions that outcome from the compelled intake of Western machines and items in Iran are the topic of the longest and such a lot rigorously thought of chapters within the publication. Westerners, who industrailized step-by-step over 1000s of years, by no means observed such sharp contrasts as "a guy grading Kharg Island with a sizeable bulldozer with blue bead placing from the steerage wheel." Breaking the spell of occidentosis is the topic of one other bankruptcy. the writer rejects either the choices of last passive shoppers of the laptop and eschewing the laptop and reverting to pre-industrial modes of life. fairly, he advocates gaining keep watch over of the computing device so Iranians can use it as a way, now not an finish, "to abolish poverty and positioned fabric and religious welfare with the succeed in of all." As an educator Jalal Al-i Ahmad used to be fairly fascinated about ow Iran's faculties protect its occidentotic society. He issues out during this booklet how leaders whose first curiosity used to be no longer the welfare of the Iranian humans or the upkeep of its cultural traditions have been grew to become out 12 months after yr by way of Iranian universities or lower back to their state from American and ecu academic associations. The e-book closes with a plea for everybody not only Iranians or Easterners, to evoke to the hazards of mechanosis, the final word finish of for you to be destruction of the area with a nuclear bomb.

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We competed with her. We fought for her verdant lands, busy ports, placid towns, and steady rainfall. All through those bygone times, we regarded ourselves as worthy of possessing such bounty and our own beliefs and customs as true. We called them unbelievers; we saw them as lost souls. If despite the Sasanians' fanatic Zoroastrianism we gave refuge to their scholars fleeing Alexandria and Constantinople, we evaluated these by our own criteria. At times we went so far as to declare open season on their lives and goods; thus we raided westward all we could.

What is strange is that, al- Earliest Signs of the Illness 43 though until some three hundred years ago our westward regard had, as its sole aspect, motive, and cause, hatred, jealousy, and rivalry, these have since been replaced by rueful, worshipful longing. We had always felt jealousy or hatred toward the West. We competed with her. We fought for her verdant lands, busy ports, placid towns, and steady rainfall. All through those bygone times, we regarded ourselves as worthy of possessing such bounty and our own beliefs and customs as true.

Or how (in the Safavid era) to break the reigning shah's silk monopoly through their own competitive market and then, when their scheme had taken effect, how through the Afgha n cutthroats to rid themselves of the picaresque Safavid knight, who gradually had degenerated into a scarecrow. And then Nadir Shah comes along to attack India so rudely. Just when the East India Company, meaning Western imperialism, is so busy setting up shop in South India, Muhammad Shah's court in the north must be kept occupied.

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