Insurgent  Poet  Mystic  Sectarian Book

Insurgent Poet Mystic Sectarian


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438456119

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Insurgent Poet Mystic Sectarian Excerpt :

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision. The insurgent, the poet, the mystic, the sectarian: these are four modes of subjectivity that have emerged amid Middle Eastern thought’s attempt to reverse, dethrone, or supersede modernity. Providing a theoretical overview of each of these existential stances, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh engages the views of thinkers and artists of the last several decades, primarily from Iran, but also from Arab, Turkish, North African, Armenian, Afghani, Chechen, and Kurdish backgrounds. He explores various dimensions of the Middle Eastern experience at the threshold of the postmodern moment, including revolutionary ideology, avant-garde literature, new-wave cinema, and radical-extremist thought. The profound reinvention of concepts characteristic of such work—fatalism, insurrection, disappearance, siege—provide unique interpretations and confrontations with the modern period and its relationship to those who presumably fall outside its boundaries of self-consciousness. Expanding the conversation, Mohaghegh contrasts the impressions of the Middle Eastern figures considered with those of the most incisive Western thinkers of modernity, such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Baudrillard, to offer an original global vision that crosses the East-West divide. “This is a fascinating book that accomplishes something absolutely unique: it weaves together several theories, it is historically attuned to the region, and it engages politics (local and international). Mohaghegh’s work is a genuinely novel contribution.” — Farhang Erfani, American University

Insurgent  Poet  Mystic  Sectarian Book

Insurgent Poet Mystic Sectarian


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438456126

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Insurgent Poet Mystic Sectarian Excerpt :

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision. The insurgent, the poet, the mystic, the sectarian: these are four modes of subjectivity that have emerged amid Middle Eastern thought’s attempt to reverse, dethrone, or supersede modernity. Providing a theoretical overview of each of these existential stances, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh engages the views of thinkers and artists of the last several decades, primarily from Iran, but also from Arab, Turkish, North African, Armenian, Afghani, Chechen, and Kurdish backgrounds. He explores various dimensions of the Middle Eastern experience at the threshold of the postmodern moment, including revolutionary ideology, avant-garde literature, new-wave cinema, and radical-extremist thought. The profound reinvention of concepts characteristic of such work—fatalism, insurrection, disappearance, siege—provide unique interpretations and confrontations with the modern period and its relationship to those who presumably fall outside its boundaries of self-consciousness. Expanding the conversation, Mohaghegh contrasts the impressions of the Middle Eastern figures considered with those of the most incisive Western thinkers of modernity, such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Baudrillard, to offer an original global vision that crosses the East-West divide. “This is a fascinating book that accomplishes something absolutely unique: it weaves together several theories, it is historically attuned to the region, and it engages politics (local and international). Mohaghegh’s work is a genuinely novel contribution.” — Farhang Erfani, American University

Night Book

Night


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-12-14
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789042788

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Night Excerpt :

This short book engages the myriad dimensions of Night, through ancient rituals, medieval storytelling, modern philosophy, and futuristic images, in order to explore the human experience of the after-dark. It thereby tracks Night through the prisms of its most fascinating practitioners: namely, those who keep strange hours and navigate the various potentialities of nocturnal experience (both of terror and enchantment). The Thief’s Night; The Runaway’s Night; The Drunkard’s Night; The Insomniac’s Night; The Revolutionary’s Night; The Lunatic’s Night; The Sorcerer’s Night. Undoubtedly, each of these conceptual figures provides a unique gateway into understanding the powerful sensorial effects of evening, as well as its vast connections to larger questions of time, space, fear, nothingness, desire, death, forgetting, vision, secrecy, criminality, monstrosity, and the body.

Night Book

Night


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : Zero Books
  • Release Date : 2022-10
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 1789049415

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Night Excerpt :

To enter the many experiential chambers of Night--space, silence, cruelty, secrecy--and thereby confront a vision of the end of worlds.

The Dangers of Poetry Book

The Dangers of Poetry


  • Author : Kevin M. Jones
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781503613874

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The Dangers of Poetry Excerpt :

Poetry has long dominated the cultural landscape of modern Iraq, simultaneously representing the literary pinnacle of high culture and giving voice to the popular discourses of mass culture. As the favored genre of culture expression for religious clerics, nationalist politicians, leftist dissidents, and avant-garde intellectuals, poetry critically shaped the social, political, and cultural debates that consumed the Iraqi public sphere in the twentieth century. The popularity of poetry in modern Iraq, however, made it a dangerous practice that carried serious political consequences and grave risks to dissident poets. The Dangers of Poetry is the first book to narrate the social history of poetry in the modern Middle East. Moving beyond the analysis of poems as literary and intellectual texts, Kevin M. Jones shows how poems functioned as social acts that critically shaped the cultural politics of revolutionary Iraq. He narrates the history of three generations of Iraqi poets who navigated the fraught relationship between culture and politics in pursuit of their own ambitions and agendas. Through this historical analysis of thousands of poems published in newspapers, recited in popular demonstrations, and disseminated in secret whispers, this book reveals the overlooked contribution of these poets to the spirit of rebellion in modern Iraq.

Essential Voices  Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora Book

Essential Voices Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora


  • Author : Christopher Nelson
  • Publisher : Green Linden Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-01
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 363
  • ISBN 10 : 9780999226384

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Essential Voices Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora Excerpt :

The Essential Voices series intends to bridge English-language readers to cultures misunderstood and under- or misrepresented. It has at its heart the ancient idea that poetry can reveal our shared humanity. The anthology features 130 poets and translators from ten countries, including Garous Abdolmalekian, Kaveh Akbar, Kazim Ali, Reza Baraheni, Kaveh Bassiri, Simin Behbahani, Mark S. Burrows, Athena Farrokhzad, Forugh Farrokhzad, Persis Karim, Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Sara Khalili, Mimi Khalvati, Esmail Khoi, Abbas Kiarostami, Fayre Makeig, Anis Mojgani, Yadollah Royai, Amir Safi, SAID, H.E. Sayeh, Roger Sedarat, Sohrab Sepehri, Ahmad Shamlu, Solmaz Sharif, Niloufar Talebi, Jean Valentine, Stephen Watts, Sholeh Wolpé, Nima Yushij, and many others. Praise Between arm-flexing states, the U.S. and Iran, the past burns and the future is held hostage. In a twilight present tense, the poets emerge, sure-footed and graceful, imagining another way, another vision of being. The range of these Iranian poets is prodigious and dizzying. Sometimes they "consider the saga of a bee / humming over minefields / in pursuit of a flower," sometimes they "bring your lips near / and pour your voice / into my mouth." Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora is a place where heartbreak and hope gather. At the shores of language, drink this bracing, slaking music. —Philip Metres, author of Shrapnel Maps Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora takes the extraordinary position that poetic arts from the homeland and diaspora should be read alongside each other. This vital book invites English-language readers to step into a lineage and tradition where poems—from playful to elegiac, prosaic to ornate—are fundamental to everyday living. It is the kind of book that requires two copies: one to give to a beloved, and one to keep for oneself. —Neda Maghbouleh, author of The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race Essential Voices: Poetry of I

Manifestos for World Thought Book

Manifestos for World Thought


  • Author : Lucian Stone
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2017-12-18
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783489527

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Manifestos for World Thought Excerpt :

These manifestos for the future of world thought offer a uniquely global outlook by incorporating forceful examples from both western and non-western regions and placing important movements of western and non-western societies into a theoretical dialogue.

Omnicide Book

Omnicide


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-11
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 600
  • ISBN 10 : 9780997567465

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Omnicide Excerpt :

A fragmentary catalogue of poetic derangements that reveals the ways in which mania communicates with an extreme will to annihilation What kind of circumstances provoke an obsessive focus on the most minute object or activity? And what causes such mania to blossom into the lethal conviction that everything must be annihilated? There is no turning away from the imperative to study this riddle in all its mystifying complexity and its disturbing contemporary resonance—to trace the obscure passage between a lone state of delirium and the will to world-erasure.. A fragmentary catalogue of the thousand-and-one varieties of manic disposition (augomania, dromomania, catoptromania, colossomania…), Omnicide enters the chaotic imaginations of the most significant poetic talents of the Middle East in order to instigate a new discourse on obsession, entrancement, excess, and delirium. Placing these voices into direct conversation, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh excavates an elaborate network of subterranean ideas and interpretive chambers, byways, and burrows by which mania communicates with fatality. Like secret passages leading from one of the multitudinous details of a bustling Persian miniature to the blank burning immanence of the desert, each is a contorted yet effective channel connecting some attractive universe (of adoration, worship, or astonishment) to the instinct for all-engulfing oblivion (through hatred, envy, indifference, rage, or forgetting). A captivating fractal of conceptual prisms in half-storytelling, half-theoretical prose, a rhythmic, poetic, insidious work that commands submission, Omnicide absorbs the reader into unfamiliar and estranging landscapes whose every subtle euphoric aspect threatens to become an irresistible invitation to the end of all things.

Omnicide Book

Omnicide


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-11
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 600
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913029685

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Omnicide Excerpt :

A fragmentary catalogue of poetic derangements that reveals the ways in which mania communicates with an extreme will to annihilation What kind of circumstances provoke an obsessive focus on the most minute object or activity? And what causes such mania to blossom into the lethal conviction that everything must be annihilated? There is no turning away from the imperative to study this riddle in all its mystifying complexity and its disturbing contemporary resonance—to trace the obscure passage between a lone state of delirium and the will to world-erasure.. A fragmentary catalogue of the thousand-and-one varieties of manic disposition (augomania, dromomania, catoptromania, colossomania…), Omnicide enters the chaotic imaginations of the most significant poetic talents of the Middle East in order to instigate a new discourse on obsession, entrancement, excess, and delirium. Placing these voices into direct conversation, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh excavates an elaborate network of subterranean ideas and interpretive chambers, byways, and burrows by which mania communicates with fatality. Like secret passages leading from one of the multitudinous details of a bustling Persian miniature to the blank burning immanence of the desert, each is a contorted yet effective channel connecting some attractive universe (of adoration, worship, or astonishment) to the instinct for all-engulfing oblivion (through hatred, envy, indifference, rage, or forgetting). A captivating fractal of conceptual prisms in half-storytelling, half-theoretical prose, a rhythmic, poetic, insidious work that commands submission, Omnicide absorbs the reader into unfamiliar and estranging landscapes whose every subtle euphoric aspect threatens to become an irresistible invitation to the end of all things.

Philosophy  Travel  and Place Book

Philosophy Travel and Place


  • Author : Ron Scapp
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-12-11
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319982250

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Philosophy Travel and Place Excerpt :

This book continues the exploration of themes either neglected or devalued by others working in the field of philosophy and culture. The authors in this volume consider the domain of travel from the broadest and most diverse of philosophical perspectives, covering everyday topics ranging from commuting and vacation travel to immigration and forced relocation. Our time in transit, our being in transit, and our time at rest, whether by choice or edict, has always been at issue, always been at play (and has always been in motion, if you will), for our species. The essays collected here explore the possibilities of the material impact of being able to move or stay put, as well as being forced to go or prevented from leaving.

Omnicide II Book

Omnicide II


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781733628174

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Omnicide II Excerpt :

An infernal catalogue of manic visionaries, inspired by the poetry of the Middle East. In a new work in which conceptual elaboration, storytelling, and poetics are fused in the infernal heat of the desert, the cycle of Omnicide is closed with a philosophy of doom, deception, and the game, plunging headlong into the inevitable, the fatal, and the infinite. A series of controlled combustions fuelled by fragments drawn from the poetry and literature of the Middle-East, Omnicide II introduces us to a new cast of manic visionaries, from the Selemaniac to the Crystallomaniac, the Bibliomaniac to the Aeromaniac. In his relentless cataloguing of the myriad figures and portents of omnicidal doom, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh resumes the offensive of those writers, artists, and thinkers for whom the fiercest creative incandescence is only kindled in the shadow of certain doom. Amid war cries and lullabies, mages, wolves and pelicans, sabres and crystals, drones and soul-stealers, in settings ranging from the opium den to the Qatari luxury hotels, with his unique style and methodology, his dizzying breadth of references, and his implacable will to follow the most deranging lines of thought and evoke the most startling images, Mohaghegh draws the reader into territories disturbing and unfamiliar, atmospheres delicate and grotesque, moods morbid yet life-affirming, in a book that evokes fever and exudes dead calm. The utterly absorbing music of this writing both lulls and disquiets—a contemporary Necronomicon, an inexhaustible treasury of recipes for disaster, catastrophe, ruination and destruction, all in the name of the most intense creation.

The Writing of Violence in the Middle East Book

The Writing of Violence in the Middle East


  • Author : Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-02-23
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441106674

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The Writing of Violence in the Middle East Excerpt :

Writing has come face-to-face with a most crucial juncture: to negotiate with the inescapable presence of violence. From the domains of contemporary Middle Eastern literature, this book stages a powerful conversation on questions of cruelty, evil, rage, vengeance, madness, and deception. Beyond the narrow judgment of violence as a purely tragic reality, these writers (in states of exile, prison, martyrdom, and war) come to wager with the more elusive, inspiring, and even ecstatic dimensions that rest at the heart of a visceral universe of imagination. Covering complex and controversial thematic discussions, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh forms an extreme record of voices, movements, and thought-experiments drawn from the inner circles of the Middle Eastern region. By exploring the most abrasive writings of this vast cultural front, the book reveals how such captivating outsider texts could potentially redefine our understanding of violence and its now-unstoppable relationship to a dangerous age.

Beholders of Divine Secrets Book

Beholders of Divine Secrets


  • Author : Vita Daphna Arbel
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 9780791486856

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Beholders of Divine Secrets Excerpt :

A wide-ranging exploration of the Hekhalot and Merkavah literature, a mystical Jewish tradition from late antiquity, including a discussion of the possible cultural context of this material's creators.

Platonic Mysticism Book

Platonic Mysticism


  • Author : Arthur Versluis
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438466347

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Restores the Platonic history and context of mysticism and shows how mysticism helps us understand more deeply the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art. In Platonic Mysticism, Arthur Versluis clearly and tautly argues that mysticism must be properly understood as belonging to the great tradition of Platonism. He demonstrates how mysticism was historically understood in Western philosophical and religious traditions and emphatically rejects externalist approaches to esoteric religion. Instead he develops a new theoretical-critical model for understanding mystical literature and the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art. A sequel to his Restoring Paradise, this is an audacious book that places Platonic mysticism in the context of contemporary cognitive and other approaches to the study of religion, and presents an emerging model for the new field of contemplative science. Arthur Versluis is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. He is the author of Restoring Paradise: Western Esotericism, Literature, Art, and Consciousness and Wisdom’s Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition, both also published by SUNY Press.

Years I Walked at Your Side Book

Years I Walked at Your Side


  • Author : Mordechai Geldman
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-01
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438472393

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Years I Walked at Your Side Excerpt :

The first book-length collection in English of this major Israeli poet. from “At Your Side” Years I walked at your side like our prophet Isaiah barefoot naked and bare I will put on no cover until you see me until you recognize an other one person at least and so know yourself as well Mordechai Geldman came of age as a poet in the seventies, an auspicious and transformative time in the development of modern Hebrew literature, as poets and writers rejected the flowery, the hyperbolic, and the sentimental and opted instead for a more direct and intimate speech. While his early poems tended to rely on linguistic exploration, his vision soon turned inward, as he came to favor the simple, the true, the authentic. Geldman’s poems are direct and accessible, touching on and revealing the divine and the sacred in the so-called mundane. “One of the best poets writing in Hebrew today . . . [Geldman’s poems are] multifaceted and multidimensional . . . a compelling intellectual challenge that blends existential sorrow with humorous charm.” — Haaretz “One of Geldman’s poetic characteristics is the arc of his cultural associations and sensibilities, an arc that extends from East to West, and is quite rare in the Israeli literary landscape . . . The sensual and cultural richness, the fine musicality, the originality of observation, and the thematic singularity combine to make Geldman’s work an important and beautiful treasure in contemporary Hebrew poetry.” — Rina Litvin Praise for the Hebrew Edition of Years I Walked at Your Side “[Geldman’s] reach is perhaps not surprising for a psychoanalyst confronted professionally and temperamentally with the inner as well as outer manifestations of human experience. Readers come away with an impression of the poet as uomo universale, a genuinely Renaissance personality, conversant with Greek mythology, world and Jewish history, Chinese culture, the fine arts, flora and fauna, and the expanses of literary imagination.” — Stanl