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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 8, Issue 1, Spring 2001

Karen G. Ruffle
Pages 59-66

Curing Iranian Occidentosis
Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s Poly-Methodic Prescription

In this paper, I shall argue that during the period from the end of World War II until just before the Islamic revolution of 1979, a body of literature emerged critiquing the petro-colonialism of the United States and select European countries, which infected Iran with a severe case of “occidentosis.” This set the stage for the revolution, and a presentation of the principle author of occidentosis, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, will facilitate understanding of the Iranian intellectual tradition.

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