Bertrand Russell on Bolshevism and Mohammedanism
One of my current fascinations is the unholy alliance between the Left and Islam so this quote from Bertrand Russell in 1920 is particularly interesting. It is clear that the similarity between the two dogmas has been clear for some time.
“Among religions, Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of this world. Their founders would not have resisted the third of the temptations in the wilderness. What Mohammedanism did for the Arabs, Bolshevism may do for the Russians. As Ali went down before the politicians who only rallied to the Prophet after his success, so the genuine Communists may go down before those who are now rallying to the ranks of the Bolsheviks. If so, Asiatic empire with all its pomps and splendors may well be the next stage of development, and Communism may seem, in historical retrospect, as small a part of Bolshevism as abstinence from alcohol is of Mohammedanism.”
Bertrand Russell, The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism (1920), Part I, The Present Condition of Russia, IX. International Policy, page, 106
It is also not surprising that in the 1930s, Islamic countries were closer to Hitler, in the case of Palestine, and Franco, in the case of Morocco, than the Western powers because both Fascism and Islam are antithetical to liberal democracy and free market capitalism.
Throughout the Cold War period, the Soviet Union also gave support to Muslim countries although this was probably more for strategic than ideological reasons.
In the course of looking for photos, I’ve just come across a link to this short work: Islam and communism: A study comparative thought by Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah. I’ll leave a link here for your interest and my future reference http://www.australianislamiclibrary.org/islam-and-communism—comparative-studies.html