Monday, October 25, 2004

"Tormented Births" - Isam Al-Khafaji

This note came earlier today from Isam Al-Khafaji:

Dear Friends and colleagues,

My life-long work: Tormented Births: Passages to Modernity in Europe and the Middle East, has just been published by I.B.Tauris, London and Palgarave-MacMillan, New York.

Below are some of the early previews describing the work:

"Superb, tantalising, iconoclastic, fundamental - it deserves the widest readership" - Prof. Paul Aarts, Middle East Studies,

"Isam al-Khafaji's Tormented Births is no less than a masterpiece - combining masterful historical analysis and a masterful polemical style." - Prof. Kees van der Pijl, Head of Department, International Relations and Politics, Director, Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex

"Tormented Births impresses and inspires. It is seldom that one comes across a study of such scope and depth. Al-Khafaji has written a magnificent contribution to the literature on capitalist development and underdevelopment, on Marxist class theory, and on nationalism and his writing style is superb. Tormented Births is a sublime piece of work that will be widely recognized as being in the class of such people as Robert Brenner, Immanuel Wallerstein." -
Dr. H.W. Overbeek, Professor of International Relations, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

"A highly original work. Compelling and well-written, it will surely be cited among the small number of outstanding and truly multidisciplinary trans-regional, historical-comparative studies produced in recent decades." - Dr. Sandra Halperin, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex

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