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Liam Campling

Jairus Banaji’s work has sparked reflection, debate and sometimes incited controversy in Marxist circles, especially around interpretations of ‘modes of production’, and in questioning assumptions around ‘free’ labour under capitalism. 1 His work as a professional historian has resonated far

Sébastien Rioux

in light of the growing gap between political Marxism’s theoretical model and its capacity to understand and explain the resilience of directly coercive forms of exploitation. This symposium on the publication of Jairus Banaji’s Theory as History offers an invaluable opportunity to address this

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Edited by Petra Sijpesteijn and Alexander T. Schubert

Historians have long lamented the lack of contemporary documentary sources for the Islamic middle ages and the inhibiting effect this has had on our understanding of this critically important period. Although the field is richly served by surviving evidence, much of it is hard to locate, difficult to access, and philologically intractable. Presenting a mixture of historical studies and new editions of Greek, Arabic and Coptic material from the seventh to the fifteenth century C.E. from Egypt and Palestine, Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World explores the untapped wealth of documentary sources available in collections around the world and shows how this exciting material can be used for historical analysis.

Contributors include: Hugh Kennedy, Anne Regourd, Jairus Banaji, Alain Delattre, Shaun O’Sullivan, Anna Selander, Frédéric Bauden, Mostafa El-Abbadi, Rachel Stroumsa, Sebastian Richter, Tascha Vorderstrasse, Matt Malczycki, R.G. Khoury, Nicole Hansen, and Alia Hanafi.

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John Haldon

Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation , a collection of essays by Jairus Banaji, 1 covering his work since the 1970s to the present, represents a fascinating record of the intellectual and political evolution of an outstanding scholar, committed socialist and incisive

A.A. Trouwborst, Valdo Pons, J. Huizinga, Ashley Montagu, W. Hoorn, Warner Muensterberger, J.W.I.M. Simons, W.M. Pfeiffer, J.W.I.M. Simons, J.H. Orley, E.M. Uhlenbeck, P.E. Josselin de Jong, H.J.M. Claessen, A.J.F. Köbben, R.J. Mohr, Jairus Banaji, E. Nelson Hayes, J. Prins, Banton Michael, Ellen N. Buschkens-Holle, H.J.M. Duller, H. A. Luning, Sandra Wallman, A. A. Trouwborst, Vinigi L. Grottanelli, I. Gurvic’, A.P. Okladnikov, A.H.J. Prins, R. G. P. Hill, Arne Biörnstad, Odd Nordland, C. Baks, Dorothy Willner, Rudolf Zantwijk, Hugo G. Nutini, Rudolf Zantwijk, Shuichi Nagata, Th. J. C. Brasser, Robin Fox, A. N. J. Hollander, Ulf Hannerz, H.J.M. Claessen, J.W. Schulte Nordholt, Stephen Wild, Hugh Tracey, A.A. Trouwborst, Meyer Fortes, A. Maesen, Michael Swithenbank, C. Oppong, Eva Krapf-Askari, M.W. Aig-Ojehomon-Ketting, G.K. Nukunya, J.L. Swellengrebel and T. Goudriaan

- J. Huizinga, Ashley Montagu, Man: His first two million years. Columbia Univ. Press, New York and London, 1969, 262 pag. - W. van Hoorn, Warner Muensterberger, Man and his culture: Psychoanalytic anthropology after ‘Totem and Taboo’. Rapp and Whiting, London 1969. 397 p. - J.W.I.M. Simons, W.M. Pfeiffer, Transkulturelle Psychiatrie. George Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 1971. 166 S., 9 Abb., 22 Tab. - J.W.I.M. Simons, J.H. Orley, Culture and mental illness. East African Publishing House, Nairobi 1970. 82 p. - E.M. Uhlenbeck, P.E. de Josselin de Jong, Contact der Continenten, Bijdrage tot het begrijpen van niet-westerse samenlevingen. Universitaire Pers Leiden, 1969, 144 pp. - H.J.M. Claessen, A.J.F. Köbben, Van primitieven tot medeburgers, 2e druk. Van Gorcum, Assen 1971. 278 blz. - R.J. Mohr, Antropica. Gedenkschrift zum 100. Geburtstag von P. Wilhelm Schmidt. Gesammelte Aufsätze, herausgegeben vom Anthropos-Institut. Studia Instituti Anthropos Vol. 21. Verlag des Anthropos-Instituts St. Augustin bei Bonn 1968. XII + 452 S. - Jairus Banaji, E. Nelson Hayes, Claude Lévi-Strauss: the anthropologist as hero. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1970. 264 pp., Tanya Hayes (eds.) - J. Prins, Banton Michael, Political systems and the distribution of power, A.S.A. Monographs 2, London: Tavistock Publications; New York: Fred. A. Praeger, Publishers, 1965. XLIII en 142 bladzijden. - Ellen N. Buschkens-Holle, H.J.M. Duller, ‘Ekonomische ontwikkeling en ondernemerschap - een ekonomisch-sociologische benadering van het ontwikkelingsverschijnsel. - H. A. Luning, Sandra Wallman, Take out hunger. Two case studies of rural development in Basutoland. University of London, The Athlone Press, London 1969. 178 + xii pp. - A. A. Trouwborst, Vinigi L. Grottanelli, Het Leven der Volken: Culturele Antropologie. Deel 4, Akkerbouwers, Veehouders. Sesam, Bosch & Keuning N.V., Baarn 1969/70. 248 blz., ills. - I. Gurvic’, A.P. Okladnikov, Yakutia. H.N. Michael, ed. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal & London 1970. 499 p., 84 ills., 4 maps. - Arne Biörnstad, Odd Nordland, Brewing and beer traditions in Norway. Universitetsforlaget, Oslo-Bergen-Tromsö 1969. 320 p., 114 ills. - A.H.J. Prins, R. G. P. Hill, The Lapps to-day in Finland, Norway and Sweden, vol. II; Oslo (Universitetsforlag) 1969, 357 pag., K. Nickul (eds.) - C. Baks, Dorothy Willner, Nation-building and community in Israel. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969. 478 pp. - Rudolf van Zantwijk, Hugo G. Nutini, San Bernardino Contla, Marriage and Family structure in a Tlaxcalan Municipio. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh 1968. VIII + 420 blz. - Rudolf van Zantwijk, Shuichi Nagata, Modern transformations of Moenkopi Pueblo. Illinois Studies in Anthropology, nr. 6. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Chicago, London 1970. XVII + 336 blz., 25 ills. - Th. J. C. Brasser, Robin Fox, The Keresan Bridge; a problem in Pueblo ethnology. London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology, No. 35. The Athlone Press, London, 1967. xii & 216 pp. - A. N. J. den Hollander, Ulf Hannerz, Soulside; Inquiries into ghetto culture and community. New York & London, Columbia University Press, 1969, 236 blz. - H.J.M. Claessen, J.W. Schulte Nordholt, In de schaduw van een groot licht. De negerrevolutie in Amerika. Het zuiden 1954-1966. Van Loghum en Slaterus, Deventer 1971. 332 pp., ill., literatuuropgave, register. - Stephen Wild, Hugh Tracey, Chopi musicians. Oxford University Press for International African Institute. London, 1970. 193 pp., 15 plates, 7 diagrams, 2 maps. - A.A. Trouwborst, Meyer Fortes, Time and social structure and other essays. London school of economics monographs on social anthropology no. 40. University of London: The Athlone Press, New York: Humanities Press Inc. 1970, IX, 287 p., illustr. - A. Maesen, Michael Swithenbank, Ashanti Fetish Houses. Ghana Universities Press, Oxford University Press, Accra 1969. 68 pp., 69 fig., I K., bibl. - C. Oppong, Eva Krapf-Askari, Yoruba towns and cities. An enquiry into the nature of urban social phenomenon. Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1969. 192 p., maps, plans, diagrams. - M.W. Aig-Ojehomon-Ketting, G.K. Nukunya, Kinship and marriage among the Anlo Ewe. London school of economics monographs on social anthropology no. 37. London 1969, 217 + LX pp. - A.A. Trouwborst, Valdo Pons, Stanleyville. An African urban community under Belgian administration. Published for the International African Institute by the Oxford University Press, London 1969. Pp. XXIV, 356, plates, maps, diagrams and tables. - J.L. Swellengrebel, T. Goudriaan, Stuti and Stava (Verhandelingen der Kon. Nederl. Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afd. Letterkunde, Nieuwe Reeks, Dl. 76). North-Holland Publishing Company - Amsterdam, London - 1971. 609 pp. 8 plates., C. Hooykaas (eds.)

Theory as History

Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation

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Jairus Banaji

Winner of the 2011 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.

The essays collected here straddle four decades of work in both historiography and Marxist theory, combining source-based historical work in a wide range of languages with sophisticated discussion of Marx's categories. Key themes include the distinctions that are crucial to restoring complexity to the Marxist notion of a 'mode of production'; the emergence of medieval relations of production; the origins of capitalism; the dichotomy between free and unfree labour; and essays in agrarian history that range widely from Byzantine Egypt to 19th-century colonialism. The essays demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history and of bringing history back into historical materialism. An introductory chapter ties the collection together and shows how historical materialists can develop an alternative to Marx's 'Asiatic mode of production'.

A full list of back-issues and contents is available at www.historicalmaterialism.org and through brill.com/hima. Historical Materialism 21:2 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture • Jairus Banaji on Seasons of Self-Delusion: Opium, Capitalism and the Financial Markets

Memorial Prize Lecture • Jairus Banaji on Seasons of Self-Delusion: Opium, Capitalism and the Financial Markets • Articles • Massimiliano Tomba on Marx as the Historical Materialist: Re-reading The Eighteenth Brumaire • Paul Le Blanc on Spider and Fly: The Leninist Philosophy of Georg Lukács

and Political Epistemology • Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism • Enrique Dussel on Exteriority Historical Materialism 21:2 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture • Jairus Banaji on Seasons of Self-Delusion: Opium, Capitalism and the Financial Markets • Articles