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By Mark Sedgwick

ISBN-10: 0195152972

ISBN-13: 9780195152975

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the 1st historical past of Traditionalism, an incredible but unusually little-known twentieth-century anti-modern move. Comprising a few usually mystery yet occasionally very influential spiritual teams within the West and within the Islamic international, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the improvement of the sector of spiritual experiences within the United States.
In the 19th century, at a time whilst innovative intellectuals had misplaced religion in Christianity's skill to convey spiritual and religious fact, the West stumbled on non-Western spiritual writings. From those beginnings grew Traditionalism, rising from the occultist milieu of overdue nineteenth-century France, and fed via the frequent lack of religion in growth that the 1st international conflict. operating first in Paris after which in Cairo, the French author René Guénon rejected modernity as a gloomy age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy-- the principal spiritual truths in the back of the entire significant global religions --largely at the foundation of his interpreting of Hindu spiritual texts.
A variety of disillusioned intellectuals replied to Guénon's name with makes an attempt to place concept into perform. a few tried with out luck to steer Fascism and Nazism alongside Traditionalist traces; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalism eventually supplied the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and on the finish of the 20th century started to input the controversy within the Islamic global concerning the fascinating courting among Islam and modernity

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