[Marxism] Is Islam Compatible with Capitalism?

Tristan Sloughter kungfooguru at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 11:00:16 MDT 2011

I'd argue Islam is "less" compatible. Christianity for a while was
incompatible with the move to capitalism as Christians were not allowed to
loan to other Christians with any interest. Thus Christians relied on
getting loans from Jews -- leading to obvious tensions between debtors and

Islam also forbids interest but from people I know only some Muslims I've
met (never Christians) still abide by this.

As I started writing this I realized there is way to much to understand
about the development of Islamic banking and economics... And as is usual
with a religion's developments and splits in relation to the economics of
the time everything changes and adapts. Islam has forms of capitalism and
socialism. Just like Christians do. Catholic priests can vary from far right
capitalists to far Left communists. Its very intriguing, but also expected.

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they
poor, they call me a communist." - Archbishop Helder Camara


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