In this collection of essays, Gilbert Achcar examines the controversial relationship of Marxism to religion, to Orientalism and its critique by Edward Said, and to the concept of cosmopolitanism.
A compelling range of issues is discussed within these pages, including a comparative assessment of Christian liberation theology and Islamic fundamentalism; “Orientalism in reverse”, which can take the form of an apology for Islamic fundamentalism; the evolution of Marx’s appraisal of non-Western societies; and the vagaries of “cosmopolitanism” up to our present era of globalisation.
Erudite and incisive, these essays provide a major contribution to the critical discussion of Marxism, Orientalism and cosmopolitanism, and illuminate the relationships between all three.
About the Author
Gilbert Achcar, who grew up in Beirut, is Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His other works include the highly acclaimed The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab–Israeli War of Narratives, The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising and, with Noam Chomsky, Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy.G