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Q&A about the conference on pre-revolutionary Iranian thought

Q&A about the conference on pre-revolutionary Iranian thought

Screenshot from the seminar (source: YouTube)

Vladimir Mitev responds to colleagues from the Centre for Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca

In the second part of the conference “Social and anti-colonial motives in pre-revolutionary Iranian thought” Vladimir Mitev answered questions about relations between West and East, possible academic collaborations and the rift between the worlds, as well as the significance of Ahmad Fardid and Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s thought today.

Watch the second part with subtitles in English here:

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Q&A despre conferința privind gândirea iraniană prerevoluționară

Q&A despre conferința privind gândirea iraniană prerevoluționară

Screenshot din seminar (foto: YouTube)

Vladimir Mitev răspunde colegilor de la Centrul de Studii asupra Orientului Mijlociu și a Mediteranei din cadrul Universității Babeș-Bolyai din Cluj-Napoca

În a doua parte a conferinței ”Motive sociale și anticoloniale în gândirea iraniană prerevoluționară” Vladimir Mitev a răspuns unor întrebări despre relațiile între Vest și Est, colaborările academice posibile și falia între lumi, precum și despre semnificația gândirii lui Ahmad Fardid și a lui Jalal Al-e Ahmad azi.

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Al-e Ahmad’s fight against occidentosis as a modernisation project of Iran

Al-e Ahmad’s fight against occidentosis as a modernisation project of Iran

The 1984 English edition of “The Occidentosis” by Jalal Al-e Ahmad carries the subtitle “A plague from the West” (source: The Persian Bridge of Friendship)

The pre-revolutionary Iranian writer Jalal Al-e Ahmad looks for the creation of a new subject of the Iranian modernity – not in the blind Westernization, or in retreat to lifeless tradition, but in “a return forwad” to breaking the spell of machine and technology and putting them in service of the Iranian nation

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 20 November 2020 in the journal Manas of the Center for Eastern Languages and Cultures of the University in Sofia in its sixth issue (volume 1), 2020.

The Islamic Revolution in Iran (1979) has been resonating as an event of prime importance in its region for the last 40 years. It is one of the first cases, when the political islam takes over the power in the Great Middle East. But the Islamic Revolution doesn’t come at an empty place. It was prepared both by the historic events of the 20th century in Iran (most of all by the American-British coup d’etat against Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953) and by the political, philosophical and literary searches of the Iranian intellectuals in the period between 1953 and 1979.

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