Discussion Forum: State capitalism in Egypt: a critique of Patrick Clawson – Clive Bradley

2020-10-10T11:34:05+03:00July 10, 1983|Categories: Articles, Khamsin 10|Tags: |

The question mark hanging over Egypt is whether the bourgeoisie can impose its solution, or whether the working class can smash the bourgeois state and reorganise production. If those of us outside Egypt can contribute something by way of analysis for and solidarity with the workers in Egypt, all the ink that has flowed will have been worthwhile.

Editorial

2020-10-02T13:51:57+03:00October 10, 1981|Categories: Articles, Khamsin, Khamsin 9|

This issue of Khamsin continues the crucial debate on religion in the Middle East and its reactionary impact on politics in the region today.

Role of the Shi’i clergy in modern Iranian politics ‒ Azar Tabari [Afsaneh Najmabadi]

2020-07-11T12:52:25+03:00October 10, 1981|Categories: Articles, Khamsin 9|Tags: |

Analysis of the political evolution of Iran's Shi'ite clergy from the late 19th century to their seizure of state power in the February 1979 revolution, looking specifically at how they were able to sustain themselves in politics for so long and why, in the latter half of the 1970s, they experienced a militant revival.

Tragic heroes and victims in zionist ideology ‒ Toine van Teeffelen

2020-06-13T12:06:05+03:00October 10, 1981|Categories: Articles, Khamsin 9|Tags: |

A common image employed in interpreting the Israeli-Arab conflict views it in terms of a moral symmetry: both parties ‒ Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Arab ‒ are in the right, both have a legitimate claim to the same country and are engaged in a tragic struggle with each other for possession of the land. But beneath the surface its basic message seems to be that the one party (Israel) is human and the other one is not.

Editorial

2020-06-28T10:31:25+03:00July 10, 1981|Categories: Articles, Khamsin, Khamsin 8|

In the Arab world, not only has there never been a serious bourgeois-liberal challenge to religion and clericalism, but the left too has for the most part avoided the issue or pussyfooted round it.

Iran: Islam and the struggle for socialism ‒ Mohammad Ja’far [Kanan Makiya] and Azar Tabari [Afsaneh Najmabadi]

2020-10-11T13:12:17+03:00July 10, 1981|Categories: Articles, Forbidden Agendas, Khamsin 8|Tags: , |

None of the expectations, predictions and prognoses of left circles, whether inside or outside Iran, have been confirmed by the passage of time. The speed with which a highly repressive and deeply reactionary regime has emerged, in the wake of colossal mass mobilisations involving millions, has left many in political shock and disillusionment.

Book review: Nawal Saadawi’s “The Hidden Face of Eve” – Magida Salman (Mai Ghoussoub)

2021-05-31T13:47:57+03:00July 10, 1981|Categories: Articles, Khamsin 8|Tags: , |

Saadawi criticises western feminists who isolate the problems of women from the political and economic situation. But Saadawi heads for another precipice, one that would cast into the abyss the very Arab women she has taught so much. It is the precipice of a nationalist defensiveness that ultimately minimises the injustices of Arab society and denies all authentic reality to the struggle the author herself strives to serve.

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