Book title: Encyclopaedic History of The Light of Civilization
Author(s): Nicholas Hagger
ISBN: 8182742560
Publication Year: 2011
Binding: HB
Pages: 670
Price: Rs. 1500
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About the Book:

In the most monumental study of the history of civilizations for several generation, the author describes the grand sweep of history in the style of Gibbon, Toynbee and Spengler. He looks for the underlying patterns rather than the shorter-term political, economic or social movements. His unique interpretation is, firstly, to see religion as the basis for civilization rather than one element in it cultural expression. Saints, mystics, gurus, prophets, religious founders- it is these that drive history rather than kings and politicians.

Secondly, it is to describe all religions as part of a common vision, that of the Light. The experience of the Light is described by mystics everywhere in the world, at all times. Over centuries it finds expression in laws, buildings, churches, regions, which is turn eventually crumble. The third element in Hagger’s analysis is relating Light-inspired religions to their cultures and civilizations, tracing the process, common to all civilizations, where they decline as the original fire of the Light is lost. Finally, in this updated version of his thinking, he looks at the implications for Western civilization today, facing huge changes life the collapse of the Soviet empire and the hostility of much of the Muslim world, and offers pointers to the future.

An extraordinary book and must read for all.

About the Author:
Nicholas Hagger has lectured at the University of Baghdad in Iraq and the University of Libya, and been Professor of English at Tokyo University and Keio Universities in Japan. He has spent twenty-five years researching for this book. Amongst his other works are The Secret History of the West and The Syndicate (both O Books), with The Endless Rise and Fall of Civilization forthcoming.


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