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Political Islam in the Service of Imperialism

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On the terrain of the real social issues, political Islam aligns itself with the camp of dependent capitalism and dominant imperialism. It defends the principle of the sacred character of property and legitimizes inequality and all the requirements of capitalist reproduction. The support by the Muslim Brotherhood in the Egyptian parliament for the recent reactionary laws that reinforce the rights of property owners to the detriment of the rights of tenant farmers (the majority of the small peasantry) is but one example among hundreds of others. There is no example of even one reactionary law promoted in any Muslim state to which the Islamist movements are opposed. Moreover, such laws are promulgated with the agreement of the leaders of the imperialist system. Political Islam is not anti-imperialist, even if its militants think otherwise! It is an invaluable ally for imperialism and the latter knows it. It is easy to understand, then, that political Islam has always counted in its ranks the ruling classes of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Moreover, these classes were among its most active promoters from the very beginning. The local comprador bourgeoisies, the nouveaux riches, beneficiaries of current imperialist globalization, generously support political Islam. The latter has renounced an anti-imperialist perspective and substituted for it an “anti-Western” (almost “anti-Christian”) position, which obviously only leads the societies concerned into an impasse and hence does not form an obstacle to the deployment of imperialist control over the world system.





Political Islam would have had much more difficulty in moving out from the borders of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan without the continual, powerful, and resolute support of the United States. Saudi Arabian society had not even begun its move out of tradition when petroleum was discovered under its soil. The alliance between imperialism and the traditional ruling class, sealed immediately, was concluded between the two partners and gave a new lease on life to Wahabi political Islam. On their side, the British succeeded in breaking Indian unity by persuading the Muslim leaders to create their own state, trapped in political Islam at its very birth. It should be noted that the theory by which this curiosity was legitimated—attributed to Mawdudi—had been completely drawn up beforehand by the English Orientalists in His Majesty’s service.*
It is, thus, easy to understand the initiative taken by the United States to break the united front of Asian and African states set up at Bandung (1955) by creating an “Islamic Conference,” immediately promoted (from 1957) by Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Political Islam penetrated into the region by this means.



Political Islam in the Service of Imperialism :: Monthly Review
 

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In 2004, Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster told the New York Times
"The Monthly Review... was and is Marxist, but did not hew to the party line or get into sectarian struggles."[12]
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do you expect capitalists to tell the truth about it ? :mrgreen:

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l dont need any source to learn about how islamism is allied with imperialism because our so called muslims already prove this fact everyday

also l think l dont need to remind you that el qaeda is a production of USA ,which was created to use against the soviets during cold war
 

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do you expect capitalists to tell the truth about it ? :mrgreen:
I'd value the 'truth' from fringe extreme capitalists (monarchs) about as much as the extreme socialists (commies).

l dont need any source to learn about how islamism is allied with imperialism because our so called muslims already prove this fact everyday
Who are the 'so called' Muslims?

also l think l dont need to remind you that el qaeda is a production of USA ,which was created to use against the soviets during cold war
So, everywhere the US intervenes, it will be blamed for the worst developments in the area? Or are you linking AlQ and the Saudi regime.
 

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But interestingly enough, it is invariaby the Marxist types who are most prone to defending political Islam. Sure, they do so out of some misbegotten notion that they are defending ordinary Muslims when they do so, but there is any sort of unholy alliance between Islamists and westerners, it is with the far left, not these so-called Imperialists.
 

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do you expect capitalists to tell the truth about it ? :mrgreen:

eco

l dont need any source to learn about how islamism is allied with imperialism because our so called muslims already prove this fact everyday

also l think l dont need to remind you that el qaeda is a production of USA ,which was created to use against the soviets during cold war
Maybe not, but then I wouldn't expect a socialist to have enough connection with reality to know what the truth was if it run over them.

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