This book follows the life of Ivan Agueli, the artist, anarchist, and esotericist, notable as one of the earliest Western intellectuals to convert to Islam and to explore Sufism. This book explores different aspects of his life and activities, revealing each facet of Agueli's complex personality in its own right. It then shows how esotericism, art, and anarchism finally found their fulfillment in Sufi Islam.
The authors analyze how Agueli's life and conversion show that Islam occupied a more central place in modern European intellectual history than is generally realized. His life reflects several major modern intellectual, political, and cultural trends. This book is an important contribution to understanding how he came to Islam, the values and influences that informed his life, and-ultimately-the role he played in the modern Western reception of Islam.
Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University Denmark)
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Series: Islam of the Global West
03 June 2021
1. Ivan Agueli: politics, painting and esotericism, Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University, Denmark) Part I: Ivan Agueli, the Anarchist Artist 2. Ivan Agueli's life and work, Viveca Wessel (formerly Moderna Museet, Sweden) 3. Exploring the territories of the avant-garde: Ivan Agueli and the institutions of his time, Annika OEhrner (Soedertoern University, Sweden) 4. Ivan Agueli the esotericist in reality and fiction, Per Faxneld (Soedertoern University, Sweden) 5. Ivan Agueli's monotheistic landscapes: From perspectival to solar logics, Simon Sorgenfrei (Soedertoern University, Sweden) 6. Painting the sacred as an initiatic path: Art and Cubism in the eyes of Ivan Agueli, Thierry Zarcone (CNRS, Paris, France) 7. Kill the audience: Ivan Agueli's moralistic utopia of anarchism and Islam, Anthony T. Fiscella (Formerly Lund University, Sweden) Part II: Ivan Agueli the Sufi 8. Ivan Agueli's second period in Egypt, 1902-09: The intellectual spheres around Il Convito/Al-Nadi, Paul-Andre Claudel (University of Nantes, France) 9. Sufi Teachings for pro-Islamic Politics: Ivan Agueli and Il Convito, Alessandra Marchi (University of Cagliari, Italy) 10. Ivan Agueli and the legacy of Emir Abdelkader, Iheb Guermazi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) 11. Ivan Agueli's humanist vision: Islam, Sufism and universalism, Meir Hatina (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) 12. Feminism and the Divine Feminine: An exploration of female elements in Ivan Agueli and subsequent Traditionalist thought, Marcia Hermansen (Loyola University, USA) Part III: Ivan Agueli and Traditionalism 13. The significance of Ivan Agueli for the traditionalist movement, Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University, Denmark) 14. What is esotericism in art? Ivan Agueli's art versus the Traditionalists' traditional Art, Patrick Ringgenberg (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) Part IV: Writings by Ivan Agueli 15. Letter from Paris 16. Letter from Ceylon 17. The Enemies of Islam 18. Pure Art 19. Universality in Islam Bibliography Index
Mark Sedgwick is Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Reviews for Anarchist, Artist, Sufi: The Politics, Painting, and Esotericism of Ivan Agueli
A magnificent book. * Bitter Winter * Anarchist, animal rights activist, artist, and Sufi mystic, Ivan Agueli travelled the world in his quest for knowledge. Anarchist, Artist, Sufi brings the life of this remarkable visionary to light in a multifaceted study that is stimulating, insightful, and path-breaking. * Allan Antliff, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria, Canada, and author of Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde (2001). * A biographical study of how the teachings of medieval Muslim mystics found new meaning in the artistic underground of Belle Epoque Paris, this fascinating volume explores the cross-cultural encounter between one society's traditions and another's avant-garde. * Nile Green, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Sufism: A Global History (2012). *