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Maxime Rodinson has long been known in Europe as one of the foremost interpreters of Arab history and thought. In this concise overview of the Arab people and their distinctive culture, the author discusses the extend to which Arabs can be defined by religion, language, or race; surveys the Arab diaspora; examines modern Arab nationalism; and questions the degree to which ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 15th 1981 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published July 1st 1981)
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Les Arabes sont au premier plan de l'actualité. Tout le monde en parle. Mais qui sont-ils ? Les images se succèdent et se bousculent, infiniment variées, contrastées, léguées par le passé ou issues du présent : guerriers valeureux, Bédouins pillards, potentats milliardaires, sous-prolétaires misérables, dévots et mystiques d'un Islam fanatique, politiciens subtils, terroristes implacables, etc. Maxime Rodinson, qui étudie ce peuple et sa culture depuis près d'un demi-siècle, a voulu présenter ...more
Marxist pedagogy meets Orientalism is a senseless mish-mash. Sort of wanna-be Weber style analyses through a Marxist lens applied to "The Arabs". Somehow manages to come across as as crass as Bernard Lewis without really meaning too. I have sympathy for the author but his desire to smash everything into a Marxism shaped hole only hurts his analyses.
Marxist historian, sociologist and orientalist. He was the son of a Russian-Polish clothing trader and his wife who both died in the Auschwitz concentration camp. After studying oriental languages, he became a professor of Ethiopian (Amharic) at EPHE (École Pratique des Hautes Études, France). He was the author of a rich body of work, including the book Muhammad, a biography of the prophet of ...moreMore about Maxime Rodinson...