The Hibernation of a Tradition

Ahmad Hamid

in Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architecture

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163418
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970146 | DOI:
The Hibernation of a Tradition

Show Summary Details


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

Chapter.  2717 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at American University in Cairo Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.