Nasserism Revitalized. A Critical Reading of Hasan Hanafī's Projects "The Islamic Left" and "occidentalism" (and their Uncritical Reading)

Nasserism Revitalized. A Critical Reading of Hasan Hanafī's Projects "The Islamic Left" and... nasserism revitalized 63 NASSERISM REVITALIZED. A CRITICAL READING OF \ ASAN \ ANAF ^ ’S PROJECTS “THE ISLAMIC LEFT” AND “OCCIDENTALISM” (AND THEIR UNCRITICAL READING) 1 by MARTIN RIEXINGER Göttingen One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that George Orwell 2 Abstract \ asan \ anaf Ê is often described as leading and original reformer of Arab thought, renovator of the Islamic cultural heritage ( tur § th ) and advocate of political freedom. But these categorizations are based on insufficient analyses of his writings on both the Islamic and the Western intellectual heritage as well as his statements on current political issues. A critical reading of the first unveils that \ anaf Ê misrepresents religious and philosophical doctrines and that he systematically passes over the fact that the relations between intellectual currents which he claims as role models for the “Islamic left” were marked by deep enmity. His writings on Marxism reveal that he merely condemns capitalism on moral terms without deeper analysis of the way it works. He himself proposes the idea of historical cycles determining the course of Eastern and Western civilization. This allows him to predict the imminent decline of Die Welt des Islams Brill

Nasserism Revitalized. A Critical Reading of Hasan Hanafī's Projects "The Islamic Left" and "occidentalism" (and their Uncritical Reading)

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