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Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror

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The route to any coherent understanding of our time runs through the issues addressed in this collection of essays: the political meaning of Islam, the relation of the West to the Islamic world, the new form of imperialism signaled by the Soviet and U.S. occupations of Afghanistan, the intractable conflict over Palestine. In confronting these inescapable issues, global pow ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Monthly Review Press
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Fundamentally this book is a series of essays from the 1970's till the mid 2000's. While not having a true solution for the issues in the middle east, the books arguements/critiques/theories regarding the current situation are some of the most interesting writing that I have read in an exceedingly long time. Specifically why the petite bourgeosie in Arab Countries play such a reactionary role in the region provides some of the most insightful perspectives. I think it bares further reading into t ...more
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Gilbert Achcar was born in Lebanon in 1951. In 1983 he moved to France. Since August 2007, Achcar has been a Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.
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