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Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and
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Ahmad Hamid

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163418

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163418.001.0001

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The Hibernation of a Tradition

The Hibernation of a Tradition

(p.1) 1 The Hibernation of a Tradition
Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architecture

Ahmad Hamid

American University in Cairo Press

The constant flow of inventions in the twentieth century created what could be called a contraction in the pulse of time. The quick pace of inventions allowed societies to marvel at the fruits of modern creation as if they were being completely born anew, with no connection to the past. The disassociation between new and conventional practices led to the dismissal of traditional forms and techniques, which collectively was called the “hibernation of tradition.” Modern society improved during the Renaissance, while traditional ways were not suitable for progressive times. The rise of mass media, mass travel, and mass culture gave the theory of divorce between humanism and the east ample grounds for consumption. The divorce between the traditional and the modern resulted in the Eurocentric notions of progress and led to colonizing “the other,” including the Muslim lands.

Keywords:   hibernation of tradition, divorce, modern, traditional ways, mass media, mass travel, mass culture

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