Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century
By: Mark Sedgwick (author)Paperback
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Against the Modern World is the first history of Traditionalism, an important yet surprisingly little-known twentieth-century anti-modern movement. Comprising a number of often secret but sometimes very influential religious groups in the West and in the Islamic world, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the development of the field of religious studies in the United States, touching the lives of many individuals. French writer Rene Guenon rejected modernity as a dark age and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy - the central truths behind all the major world religions. Guenon stressed the urgent need for the West's remaining spiritual and intellectual elite to find personal and collective salvation in the surviving vestiges of ancient religious traditions. A number of disenchanted intellectuals responded to his call. In Europe, America, and the Islamic world, Traditionalists founded institutes, Sufi brotherhoods, Masonic lodges, and secret societies. Some a
Mark Sedgwick is Head of the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit at Aarhus University in Denmark.
PROLOGUE; LIST OF MAIN CHARACTERS; THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADITIONALISM; TRADITIONALISM IN PRACTICE; TRADITIONALISM AT LARGE; TRADITIONALISM AND THE FUTURE
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