Traditionalism Hardcover by Mark Sedgwick

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Traditionalism Hardcover by Mark Sedgwick

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  • Publisher: Pelican (2023-08-29)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9780241487921
  • Item Weight: 532.98 grams
  • Dimensions: 8.78 x 5.65 x 1.54 cm

The definitive guide to Traditionalism: the world's least-known major philosophy, but one that is essential for understanding our past, present and future

Traditionalism is founded on ancient teachings that, its followers argue, have been handed down from time immemorial, forming a basis of the sacred order that must be defended from modernity and the disorder it brings. It has been used to encourage respect for the environment, compose great music and reduce hostility between followers of different religions.

But Traditionalism has applied to darker causes: from the election of Donald Trump to fascist movements and even terrorism. How has Traditionalism been so influential for so long, yet so little acknowledged and understood? Its followers have never aimed to reach the masses and have sought to affect the world quietly. In this book, the first of its kind for a wide audience, Traditionalism's history, ideas and profound impact are laid out, shining a light onto this shadowy world and the thought of its three founders, René Guénon, Julius Evola and Frithjof Schuon.

Once you understand Traditionalism, you will see its influence everywhere.

About the Author

Mark Sedgwick trained as a historian at Oxford University, taught for many years at the American University in Cairo, and finally moved to Denmark, where he is Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at Aarhus University. He is also Chair of the Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies. His work has focused mostly on Islam, Sufism, Traditionalism and terrorism. He's known especially for his book Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century and his work on radicalization.

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