Marxism and the Muslim World

Maxime Rodinson

Marxism and the Muslim World

Maxime Rodinson

Distributed for Zed Books

With a Foreword by Gilbert Achcar
229 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015  
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783603367 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Maxime Rodinson’s Marxist analyses of contemporary politics and economics in the Muslim world are more salient than ever. In this collection, Rodinson emphasizes the economic and political, rather than religious, characteristics of Islam, covering topics like 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.

Unashamedly political and polemical, Rodinson offers an insightful picture of political Islam and Marxism, and their profound implications for the Arab working class—and the future of the region.
Contents
Foreword by Gilbert Achcar
Author's preface to the original English edition
1. Marxism Ideas and the Study of the Muslim World
2. The Nature and Function of Myths: 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
Review Quotes
Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum, Dakar, Senegal
“Rodinson was the most delightful person you could imagine, with a scrupulous honesty that one would like to find in more intellectuals.”
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