By Ahmad, Jalal Al-i; Translated by R. Campbell; Annotations and Introduction by Hamid Algar
Suppressed in Iran throughout the reign of the Shah, this ebook 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 focused on what he observed as his country’s succumbing to "A plague from the West" or "occidentosis." providing observations, insights, purposes for satisfaction in Iran’s prior and tradition, and important analyses of the Western position in th international. Jalal Al-i Ahmad expresses the various matters that agitated the intelligentsia in the course of the twenty years sooner than the Islamic Revolution. the writer starts by way of explaining his time period "occidentosis: and describing how he sees the area: as divided among the poles of East and West. The department isn't lots a geographical or an ideological schism, as a department among the produces and the shoppers of machines. a quick evaluation of historical past is helping clarify how and why Iran grew occidentotic. He can't and doesn't forget about the function of oil. the various contradictions that outcome from the pressured intake of Western machines and items in Iran are the topic of the longest and so much conscientiously thought of chapters within the e-book. Westerners, who industrailized step-by-step over thousands of years, by no means observed such sharp contrasts as "a guy grading Kharg Island with a great bulldozer with blue bead striking from the steerage wheel." Breaking the spell of occidentosis is the topic of one other bankruptcy. the writer rejects either the choices of final passive shoppers of the computing device and eschewing the computing device and reverting to pre-industrial modes of life. particularly, he advocates gaining regulate of the computer so Iranians can use it as a method, now not an finish, "to abolish poverty and placed fabric and religious welfare with the succeed in of all." As an educator Jalal Al-i Ahmad used to be rather desirous about ow Iran's faculties protect its occidentotic society. He issues out during this ebook how leaders whose first curiosity was once now not the welfare of the Iranian humans or the maintenance of its cultural traditions have been became out 12 months after 12 months by way of Iranian universities or lower back to their nation from American and ecu academic associations. The booklet closes with a plea for everybody not only Iranians or Easterners, to evoke to the hazards of mechanosis, the last word finish of for you to be destruction of the realm with a nuclear bomb.
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18 Not a century passes from legendary to historical times without the hooves of northeastern nomads' horses leaving prints across its face. With a few exceptions, all the ruling dynasties of the Islamic period were founded by the nomad's sword. This holds true even 38 Occidentosis: A Plague From the West for pre-Islamic times. Who do you suppose the Parthians were? These tribes, not the settled powers, have always made our history. Whenever we had just built a house and were finishing the roof, some hungry folk would attack us from the northeast and not only pull the ladder out from under us but destroy the whole thing.
The First Infections 61 stitutionalism is half-baked, it is because the khans rose to the defense of a movement that denied the principle of feudalism upon which their lives were based. Thus we remained bemused with issues of constitutionalism and tyranny until the outbreak of the First World War. But the company had struck oil, and the British Admiralty, official holder of the concession in the south, had an assured supply. You see that I am not writing history. I am establishing some points in all haste.
52 In the course of this new sort of comings and goings, the Europeans have familiarized themselves with our character and learned how to keep us guessing, how to make loans and then take control of the customs. 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.
Occidentosis: A Plague from the West (Contemporary Islamic thought) by Ahmad, Jalal Al-i; Translated by R. Campbell; Annotations and Introduction by Hamid Algar