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Islam and the West A Conversation with Jacques Derrida

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ISBN-10: 0226102866

ISBN-13: 9780226102863

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jacques Derrida, Mustapha Cherif, Teresa Lavender Fagan, Giovanna Borradori

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In the spring of 2003, Jacques Derrida sat down for a public debate in Paris with Algerian intellectual Mustapha Ch'233;rif. The eminent philosopher arrived at the event directly from the hospital where he had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the illness that would take his life just over a year later. That he still participated in the exchange testifies to the magnitude of the subject at hand: the increasingly distressed relationship between Islam and the West and the questions of freedom, justice, and democracy that surround it. As Ch'233;rif relates in this account of their dialogue, the topic of Islam held special resonance for Derrida-perhaps it is to be expected that near the end of his life his thoughts would return to Algeria, the country where he was born in 1941. Indeed, these roots served as the impetus for their conversation, which first centers on the ways in which Derrida7;s Algerian-Jewish identity has shaped his thinking-a revealing meditation that puts his interpretation of the interdependence of politics, religion, and faith in a new light. From there, the two men move to broader questions of secularism and democracy; to politics and religion and how the former manipulates the latter; and to the parallels between xenophobia in the West and fanaticism among Islamists. Ultimately, the discussion is an attempt to tear down the notion that Islam and the West are two civilizations locked in a bitter struggle for supremacy and to reconsider them as the two shores of the Mediterranean-two halves of the same geographical, religious, and cultural sphere.Islam and the Westis a crucial opportunity to further our understanding of Derrida7;s views on the key political and religious divisions of our time and an often moving testament to the power of friendship and solidarity to surmount them.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 136
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Jacques Derrida was born in El-Biar, Algeria on July 15, 1930. He graduated from the �cole Normal Sup�rieure in 1956. He taught philosophy and logic at both the University of Paris and the �cole Normal Sup�rieure for around 30 years. His works of philosophy and linguistics form the basis of the school of criticism known as deconstruction. This theory states that language is an inadequate method to give an unambiguous definition of a work, as the meaning of text can differ depending on reader, time, and context. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books on various aspects of deconstruction including Of Grammatology, Glas, The Postcard: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond, and Ulysses Gramophone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce. He died of pancreatic cancer on October 9, 2004 at the age of 74.

Teresa Lavender Fagan is a freelance translator living in Chicago; she has translated numerous books for the University of Chicago Press and other publishers.

Foreword: Pure Faith in Peace
Introduction: Friendship, Above All
The Future of Civilizations
The Discussion
To Have Lived, and to Remember, as an Algerian
East-West: Unity and Differences
Injustice and Decline
Separation or Connection?
Progress Is Absolute, or There Is No Progress
Conclusion: The Different Other Is Indispensable to Our Lives
Afterword: From the Southern Shores, Adieu to Derrida
Biography: Derrida and the Southern Shores