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‘Shortcomings and Opposites’ of ‘Cultural Idolization’

‘Shortcomings and Opposites’ of ‘Cultural Idolization’

Tuesday, 2 November, 2021 - 07:15

Dr. Nadia Hindawi recently published a new book entitled “Shortcomings and Opposites … Ali Al-Wardi in the Balance.”

Released by Dar Al-Ghaidaa in Jordan, and dedicated to “those who believe in the freedom of thinking,” the 230-page book explores the “cultural idolization” phenomenon taking Dr. Ali Al-Wardi as an example.

According to the book, “this phenomenon is a cultural disease that freezes people's thinking, and turns human groups into flocks that repeat what others want them to say, and execute orders without logic or thinking.”

To highlight the opposites and pinpoint shortcomings, Hindawi used an approach in which sociology meets history and literary criticism. “Because literary criticism is among the sciences that have a real and direct link to sociology, similar to psychology, religion sciences, history, and economy… I chose Ali Al-Wardi to be the core of my 20th book.”

The book is composed of six chapters that observe shortcomings and search for opposites. The first chapter includes three researches on the idolization of figures and the link between intellectual recession and idolization; the second chapter identifies the indications of shortcomings and opposite: stereotyping, persuasion, and compromise; the third chapter studies the reasons of idolizations; the fourth chapter shed lights on some “causes that cannot be idolized”; the fifth chapter explores contradicting sayings; and the sixth chapter reviews those who interviewed and discussed Al-Wardi.

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