THE MAN AFTER MAN - ISLAM IN THE FRAMEWORK OF MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM

THE MAN AFTER MAN - ISLAM IN THE FRAMEWORK OF MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM

Author: Dumitru Chican

Publishing house; Pastel Braşov 2007



Islamic revival is one of the great issues that the contemporary world is facing not just by reconsidering relations between the two civilizations and spiritual areas- Western and Islamic, situated in a permanent conflict, but also from the perspective of finding a dialog and communication bridge between a world , the Islamic one, attached to its values and identities, rejecting reform and more conservative, and the Western one , in a post-modern non-conformism, "sudden" we might say, but not clear enough in concept and having an active offensive potential.

Can we identify the bridges that, by leading to tolerance and cooperation, would demonstrate the fatalist theory of "colliding civilizations" professed by Samuel Huntington?

An answer to this fundamental question can be found in the book "The man behind the man - Islam in the framework of modernism and postmodernism" by Dumitru CHICAN, Arab specialist, Eastern specialist and diplomat with a rich experience in the Arab world.

The book is structured into two parts; the first part "Modernism and postmodernism" which offers an introspective and documentary analysis of the discussed phenomena approached from an historical, esthetic, ideate and philosophical point of view. The second part: "Let's get to know each other" - a canonic, doctrinaire, synchronic and diachronic presentation of the Islamic religion and its practical derivations and ideologies such as Islamic fundamentalism, Jihad, martyrs for God, religious Islamic terrorism etc, trying to find the possible answer to fundamental questions that were raised after September 11.

Modernism and postmodernism are both attitudes, problems, attitudes, theories, concepts and practices that can disappear at a certain point in order to be replaced by other theories, attitudes and trends. From this point of view, society and not religion should be "modern"in the most generous positive sense of the word. Faith, as an inner element of spiritual morphology of man, cannot be "modern" in its doctrinaire dimension, just like it couldn't be "symbolist" or "renaissacentist", Sunnite or Shiite.

The message of the book is that if we do not understand all these, we might face Fukuyama's predictions about "the end of history" and become "post-man", the man after man".

The book offers the reader data and elements about less familiar aspects from the inner structure of the Islamic religion and of the essence of political contemporary Islamism, facilitating a better understanding of political and military contemporary phenomena when it could by implied.

by Cornel VAIDA
 

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