Eurocentrism. Modernity, Religion, and Democracy. A Critique of Eurocentrism and Culturalism. By Samir Amin

Eurocentrism. Modernity, Religion, and Democracy. A Critique of Eurocentrism and Culturalism.
By Samir Amin
Translated by Russell Moore and James Membrez

ISBN: 978-1-906387-78-5
Pambazuka Press, Monthly Review Press, 2011

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“Since its first publication 20 years ago, Eurocentrism has become a classic of radical thought. Written by one of the world’s foremost political economists, this original and provocative essay takes on one of the great ‘ideological deformations’ of our time: Eurocentrism. Rejecting the dominant Eurocentric view of world history, which narrowly and incorrectly posits a progression from the Greek and Roman classical world to Christian feudalism and the European capitalist system, Amin presents a sweeping reinterpretation that emphasises the crucial historical role played by the Arab Islamic world. Through the work, Amin addresses a broad set of concerns, ranging from the ideological nature of scholastic metaphysics to the meanings and shortcomings of contemporary Islamic fundamentalism.

Consistently subversive of the established pieties of the West, this book breaks new theoretical and historiographical ground by outlining a compelling non-Eurocentric vision of world history. This second edition contains a new introduction and concluding chapter, both of which make the author’s arguments even more compelling.”

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The People’s Spring. The Future of the Arab Revolution. By Samir Amin

The People’s Spring. The Future of the Arab Revolution.
By Samir Amin*
ISBN: 978-0-85749-115-2
Pambazuka Press, 2012

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Reviews **

Adam Hanieh (Development Studies, SOAS):

„Samir Amin has once again demonstrated why he is one of the most original, powerful thinkers on the politics of the Middle East and North Africa. This book outlines a remarkable historical framework for understanding the uprisings that shook the region in 2011 and continue to reverberate through 2012. Amin’s panoramic analysis covers the role of political Islam, the various phases of colonial and imperialist intervention in the region, and the evolution of a wide range of political and social movements. His core argument – that the peoples of the region need to reverse the paralysis of ‚depoliticisation‘ – is presented through a deep appreciation of the region’s development within the world system. A must-read for anyone concerned with the fate of the Arab uprisings!“

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