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Ian D. Morris
Looks like the Soviet politician Sandzhar Asfendiarov (1928) predicted some of Patricia Crone‘s worries about Meccan trade (1987). Source: Michael Kemper (€)
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Ian D. Morris Dec 5
Replying to @iandavidmorris
Soviet writing on Early Islam in the 1920s and ’30s is remarkable. Orientalists from the Tsarist days were marginalised while Marxist theorists with little to no Arabic were let loose in the academy. Lots of big-picture experimentation; not much work on primary sources.
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Ian D. Morris Dec 5
Replying to @iandavidmorris
Then came the Purge. Asfendiarov and colleagues were murdered for their theoretical deviance, among other things. Soviet writing on Early Islam became super-conservative after that, apparently.
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Pascal Abidor Dec 6
Replying to @iandavidmorris
Would love to know Marx and Engel’s sources.
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