By Mark Sedgwick
In the 19th century, at a time while innovative intellectuals had misplaced religion in Christianity's skill to carry spiritual and non secular fact, the West stumbled on non-Western non secular writings. From those beginnings grew Traditionalism, rising from the occultist milieu of past due nineteenth-century France, and fed by way of the common lack of religion in growth that the 1st international struggle. 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 significant spiritual truths in the back of the entire significant global religions --largely at the foundation of his analyzing of Hindu non secular texts.
A variety of upset intellectuals replied to Guénon's name with makes an attempt to place conception into perform. a few tried with no good fortune to lead 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 talk within the Islamic global concerning the fascinating dating among Islam and modernity
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Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century by Mark Sedgwick