No book could be more timely than this one. The essence of Maxine Rodinson's argument is that the relation between Islam as an ideology and Islam as a political system in which many populations live reveals no greater surprises than the relations between other ideologies and other political systems. Islam was frequently a way ruling classes had of keeping their power, and Rodinson suggests that this is as likely to be true now as it has been historically. The crispness and finality of Rodinson's conclusions as I have summarized them do not reflect the subtlety of this book nor of its considerable and skillful polemical adventures.

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Maxime Rodinson looks at the facts, analyzing economic texts with his customary common sense, to show that Muslims never had any problem making money. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by University of Texas Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Islam and Capitalism. Rodinson, a French Marxist historian and sociologist, was determined to study the Islamic world with the assumption that it is subject to the same laws and tendencies as everywhere else. As a Marxist, Rodinson rejected the notion that the religious tenets Protestantism were the underlying drivers of capitalism. Enthusiastic advocates of the socialist future would often argue that there was something inherently anti-capitalist in the world of Islam that made its development path fundamentally different from that of European capitalism.

Similarly the capitalistic sector in the Islamic world has long been able to draw on credit in various ways despite religious restrictions. Later in his career Rodinson wrote a biographic study of the Prophet Muhammad which was more open to religion having an explicit influence on economic and social life.

Oct 25, Muhammad Shemyal Nisar rated it really liked it. A very in-depth book and an apt reply to Weberian thesis, but a bit old for the topic and thus a bit outdated. On the whole very interesting and eye-opening book. But the chapter on Economic policies during Middle Ages did raise eyebrows. So maybe I need to go through the references there. Dec 09, Elsie rated it liked it. This book is good in that in contradicts my professor's idea that there can be an non-Western "outside" of capitalism, but still adheres too much to the idea of "progress" as "industrial development.

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Readers also enjoyed. About Maxime Rodinson. Maxime Rodinson. 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. He was the author of a rich body of work, including the book Muhammad, a biography of the prophet of Isla Marxist historian, sociologist and orientalist. He was the author of a rich body of work, including the book Muhammad, a biography of the prophet of Islam.

Rodinson joined the French Communist Party in for "moral reasons", but later turned away after the party's Stalinist drift. He was expelled from the party in He became well known in France when he expressed sharp criticism of Israel, particularly opposing the settlement policies of the Jewish state. Some credit him with coining the term "Islamic fascism" le fascisme islamique in , which he used to describe the Iranian revolution.

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Islamic Economic Alternatives pp Cite as. It seeks to examine whether or not Islamic tenets can explain why capitalism did not develop indigenously in Muslim countries but was introduced from outside. It also seeks to determine whether or not Islam is opposed to capitalist development, as is often claimed. In particular, Rodinson refutes the Weberian thesis that Islam lacks the rationalism necessary for the successful development of capitalism.


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