- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781783603367
- Price: $24.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Apr 2015
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 229
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Marxism and the Muslim World
In the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings Maxime Rodinson’s Marxist commentary has a new and powerful resonance. Political repression, corruption and economic stagnation stimulated revolt across the Arab world. Now the revolutionary euphoria has faded, leaving violent power struggles, overtly Islamic political parties have begun to take power. Meanwhile hysteria over terrorism and fundamentalism has made Islam the neoliberal West’s enemy number one.
In this collection Rodinson studies the economic and political, rather than religious, characteristics of Islam. His major themes include: the history of the Marxist Movement in the Islamic Middle East; the dialogue between Socialism and Islam, and Marxism and Arab nationalism; the relationship between national conflicts and class struggle; and the history of Communism in Arab states such as Syria and Egypt.
Breaking from colonial ‘Orientalism’ Rodinson invented new critical approaches, helping to define the discipline of Islamic studies. Unashamedly political and polemical, he provides an insightful picture of political Islam and Marxism, and the implications for the Arab working class. The subject of this book could hardly be more relevant to politics today.
Foreword to the Critique. Influence. Change. edition
Author’s preface to the original English Edition
1. Marxism Ideas and the Study of the Muslim World
2. Marxist Communism and Arab Nationalism Compared
3. Relationships between Islam and Communism
4. Problems facing the Communist Parties in Syria and Egypt
5. Marxism and Arab Nationalism
6. The Bolsheviks and Colonized Muslims
7. A Forgotten Precursor
8. Islam and the Modern Economic Revolution
9. The Political Structure Under Nasser
10. Islam as a Political Factor in Egypt After Nasser
11. On the Contemporary Culture of the Muslim World
12. A Marxist Policy for the Arab Countries
About the Author
Professor Maxime Rodinson was a French historian, sociologist and renowned specialist on Islam and the Arab world. Rodinson was a talented linguist and a committed Marxist, despite his dramatic split from the French Communist Party in 1958. He died in 2004 aged 89.