Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret by Mark Sedgwick

By Mark Sedgwick

the 1st historical past of Traditionalism, an enormous but strangely little-known twentieth-century anti-modern flow. 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 improvement of the sector of non secular reviews within the United States.
In the 19th century, at a time while revolutionary intellectuals had misplaced religion in Christianity's skill to carry non secular and religious fact, the West stumbled on non-Western non secular 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 global struggle. operating first in Paris after which in Cairo, the French author René Guénon rejected modernity as a dismal age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy-- the vital spiritual truths at the back of the entire significant global religions --largely at the foundation of his analyzing of Hindu non secular texts.
A variety of dissatisfied intellectuals replied to Guénon's name with makes an attempt to place conception 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 ultimately 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 talk within the Islamic international concerning the fascinating courting among Islam and modernity

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