May 04, 2007

There Is No God but Politics

a comparative piece about marx and qutb, the latter being a commonly cited source for arguments in favor of revolutionary islam, and indeed one of the original egyptian muslim brothers. the piece is good but the comparison is limited by two things. first, the power of marxism is not so much in the practical prescriptions it offers but in a fundamentally different worldview of class structure (struggle). the same probably applies to qutb's argument about spirituality and post-colonial islam states. second, proselytization of qutb's thought is fostered by its inherent islamicism and associated common language for discourse, much in contrast to marxism which spoke directly only to 19th century intelligentsia.

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