"A gripping dramatic story, brilliantly and lucidly narrated; a 'must' read for all students of alternative modernities."—Fred R. Dallmayr, author of Achieving our World, Toward a Global and Plural Democracy
"Narrated with a cool combination of theoretical insight and factual evidence, Farzin Vahdat's God and Juggernaut is the most serious attempt to date to address the philosophical predicament of modernity in Iran. He opts for the defining moment of 'subjectivity' as the litmus test of the perils and promises of enlightenment modernity in its own colonial shadow. The result is a path-breaking work of critical significance."—Hamid Dabashi, author of Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundations of the Islamic Revolution in Iran
"Analyzes Iran's intellectual encounter with modernity from the mid-nineteenth-century to the present by drawing on insights gleaned from Critical Theory. Vahdat's work provides the very kind of summary of Critical Theory and its applicability to a non-Western society that teachers like myself have been searching for since the late 1970s."—Eric Hooglund, editor of Critique
By focusing almost entirely on intellectual discourse among the clergy, this text engages the major theoretical discourses of modernity in an attempt to address some of the central theoretical issues involved in modernity and Iran’s experience of these issues.
Farzin Vahdat's articles have appeared in Critique, Journal of Iranian Research and Analysis, and Scandinavian Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Comparative Religion at Tufts University.
6.34 x 9.28, 256 pages