By Judy Cox
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The Prophet and the Proletariat: taking a new look at Islamism

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The \"War on terrorism\" has projected Islamism into the centre of political debate. The right wing equate Islam with evil fanaticism.
Issue 1788

The ‘War on terrorism’ has projected Islamism into the centre of political debate. The right wing equate Islam with evil fanaticism.

A new edition of a pamphlet by Socialist Worker editor Chris Harman looks beneath the hysteria and prejudice surrounding attitudes to Islam. In a new introduction to The Prophet and the Proletariat, Harman looks at the impact of 11 September on the debate about Islamic movements.

The pamphlet looks at the history of Islamism, the relationship between Islamic movements and challenging imperialism, and the impact of Islamism on countries such as Sudan and Iran.

In a new chapter Harman examines the Taliban movement in Afghanistan, how they achieved power, and the sorry history of Western intervention in the area. This pamphlet is a major contribution to understanding the rise of Islamism and the possibilities for real liberation.

The Prophet and the Proletariat is available for £2 from Bookmarks-phone 020 7637 1848.

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