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By Mark Sedgwick

ISBN-10: 0195152972

ISBN-13: 9780195152975

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ISBN-13: 9780195396010

the 1st historical past of Traditionalism, a tremendous but unusually little-known twentieth-century anti-modern stream. Comprising a few frequently 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 sector of spiritual experiences within the United States.
In the 19th century, at a time whilst revolutionary intellectuals had misplaced religion in Christianity's skill to bring spiritual and non secular fact, the West came upon non-Western spiritual writings. From those beginnings grew Traditionalism, rising from the occultist milieu of overdue nineteenth-century France, and fed by means of the frequent lack of religion in development that the 1st global struggle. operating first in Paris after which in Cairo, the French author René Guénon rejected modernity as a depressing age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy-- the significant spiritual truths in the back of the entire significant international religions --largely at the foundation of his studying of Hindu spiritual texts.
A variety of disillusioned intellectuals answered to Guénon's name with makes an attempt to place idea into perform. a few tried with no luck to lead Fascism and Nazism alongside Traditionalist traces; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalism ultimately supplied the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and on the finish of the 20 th century started to input the controversy within the Islamic international concerning the fascinating courting among Islam and modernity

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