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Age of Anger: A History of the Present

Age of Anger: A History of the Present

One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis.

Modernity, secularism, development, and progress have long been viewed by the powerful few as benign ideals for the many. Today, however, botched experiments in nation-building, democracy, industrialization, and urbanization visibly scar much of the world.

As once happened in Europe, the wider embrace of revolutionary politics, mass movements, technology, the pursuit of wealth, and individualism has cast billions adrift in a literally demoralized world.

Chapter 1. Prologue: Forgotten Conjunctures

Chapter 2. Clearing a Space: History’s Winners and Their Illusions

Chapter 3. Loving Oneself Through Others: Progress and Its Contradictions

Chapter 4. Losing My Religion: Islam, Secularism and Revolution

Chapter 5. Regaining My Religion

Chapter 6. Finding True Freedom and Equality: The Heritage of Nihilism

Chapter 7. Epilogue: Finding Reality

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