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Gharbzadegi (Weststruckness). [7th printing]

Translated from the Persian by John Green and Ahmad Alizadeh. Illustrated by Ardeshir Mohasses.

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Published: 1983
Page #: xviii + 188
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 0-93921407-5, ISBN 13: 978-0939214075
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Gharbzadegi [Weststruckness] is a tour de force on social conditions in Iran. It was written in 1962 when the Pahlavi regime seemed to have control over Iran's destiny. For the author, Al-e Ahmad (1923-1969), the result was total national submission to the West and its technology. The Iranian monarchy is portrayed in this work as no more than a native brokerage for Western influence, with no aims and identity of its own. Al-e Ahmad sought to defined in large part by a tradition of conflict with the West. This essay is a document of immense significance for students of Iranian social and intellectual history.

Observers of contemporary problems in the developing world in general and in the Middle East in particular will find much in it that pertains to the concern about modernization, Westernization and development.

This volume includes twelve previously unpublished illustrations exclusively drawn for Mazda Publishers by the renowned artist, Ardeshir Mohassess.

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Jalal Al-e Ahmad

Born in 1923, Jalal Al-e Ahmad was a prolific writer, some of whose works including his most popular anti-government polemic essay, Gharbzadegi [Weststruckness, Mazda Publishers, 1983], his most popular novel Modir-e Madreseh [The School Principal], and perhaps his best novel, Nun Valqalam [By the Pen] have appeared in English translation. He died of a heart attack at the age of 46 in 1969.

Acknowledgments
Translators’ Introduction

By Way of Introduction

Foreword

CHAPTER 1. The Outline of a Disease

CHAPTER 2. The First Roots of the Sickness

CHAPTER 3. The Original Source of the Decay

CHAPTER 4. The First Signs of Decay

CHAPTER 5. Miscellaneous Conflicts

CHAPTER 6. Breaking the Talisman’s Spell

CHAPTER 7. A Donkey in a Lion’s Suit, or a Lion on a Flag?

CHAPTER 8. A Society in Disorder

CHAPTER 9. What are our Schools and Universities Doing?

CHAPTER 10. A Bit About Machinestruckness.

CHAPTER 11. The Hour of Judgement Approaches.

About the Translators.

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