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Islam and the West : a conversation with Jacques Derrida

Author: Jacques Derrida; Mustapha Cherif; Teresa Lavender Fagan; Giovanna Borradori
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2008.
Series: Religion and postmodernism.
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"In the spring of 2003, Jacques Derrida sat down for a public debate in Paris with Algerian intellectual Mustapha Cherif. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Derrida; Mustapha Cherif; Teresa Lavender Fagan; Giovanna Borradori
ISBN: 9780226102863 0226102866
OCLC Number: 191732517
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xxii, 114 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Religion and postmodernism.
Other Titles: Islam et l'Occident.
Responsibility: Mustapha Chérif ; translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan ; with a foreword by Giovanna Borradori.
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