Synopses & Reviews
Islam and anarchism are neither identical nor incompatible. But is it possible to identify as Muslim
and anarchist at the same time?
Muslim anarchists are not a new phenomenon, stretching from figures such as Gustave Henri Jossot
and Leda Rafanelli to more contemporary thinkers including Peter Lamborn Wilson and Yakub
Islam and the rise of Islamic punk in the Taqwacore scene. Despite these convergences little has
been written moving beyond imagining an Islamic anarchism to fleshing it out using the Holy Koran
and the Sunnah - the Prophetic oral tradition - to justify theologically, politically, and philosophically
the existence of Muslim anarchists.
In this intervention Mohamed Jean Veneuse constructs an anarchic interpretation of Islam and an
Islamic interpretation of anarchism. Islam and Anarchism presents Islam not as a monolithic, unified
belief system but rather a heterogeneous and pluralistic series of traditions, perspectives, and
practices. Anarca-Islam unfolds as a basis for exploring a new politics and an ethics of friendship
and disagreement between these traditions.