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Samir Amin Intro

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
SAMIR AMIN was born in Cairo as son of an Egyptian father and a French mother (both medical doctors). He spent his childhood and youth in Port Said, where he attended a French High School and obtained a Baccalauréat (1947). He studied in Paris (1947–1957) with degrees in political science…

Long Road To Socialism

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
Long Road To Socialism (Lecture One) The end of the crisis of capitalism or capitalism in crisis? CAPITALISM, A PARENTHESIS IN HISTORY The principle of endless accumulation that defines capitalism is synonymous with exponential growth and the latter, like cancer, leads to death. Marx, by giving proper importance to the…

A Baobab Has Fallen

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
By Issa Shivji Samir Amin was an exceptionally humble person. In spite of his huge influence on younger generations, he never treated them patronizingly or with condescension. Samir did not see himself as a leader, teacher or mentor. He treated younger scholars and comrades as his equals, engaging with them…
Peter Lawrence Samir Amin devoted his life’s work to the analysis of global capitalism. A scholar-activist and committed Marxist socialist, he identified with and engaged in the struggles of the peoples of Africa in particular, but generally against that system. His 1974 monumental two-volume study, Acccumulation on a World Scale,…

Samir Amin and Decolonising Economics

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
By Salimah Valiani Beginning over 50 years ago, Samir Amin did pioneering work on a question still relevant today: understanding the world as an interconnected whole. In the 21st century, the notion, or question, has arisen through experiences of ‘globalisation’, labour migration and borderless ecological destruction, among others. With trade…

The World Forum for Alternatives

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
The World Forum for Alternatives was reorganised and founded at a conference in Cairo in April 1997. François Houtart, director of the Tricontinental Centre, became the secretary general and the linchpin; Samir Amin cumulated the functions of director of the Third World Forum and president of the FMA. In their…

Samir Amin and The Way Forward

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
I - Introduction I have known Samir since the early 1970s, and attended his burial in Paris following his death on 12 August 2018. I wrote an obituary on him in the form of an ode to his memory, the first and last lines of which go as under: Rhyming…

You Live On Samir Amin …… In Our Imagination

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
By Natasha Issa Shivji Dr. Natasha Issa Shivji is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and the Director in the Institute for Research in Intellectual Histories of Africa (Dra es Salaam, Tanzania) Dear Samir Amin, I write this as if you were still here amongst us, for an…
By Samir Amin & Firoze Manji Samir Amin (1931–2018) was director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal, and the author of many books. Firoze Manji is the founder and former editor of Pambazuka News and Pambazuka Press. He set up Daraja Press and is currently its publisher. He…

Samir Amin: The Organic Intellectual

Volume 17, Issue 1 | Published 07/07/2020  
‘In our era, when we consider the destructive (ecological and military) might at the disposal of the powers-that-be, the risk, denounced by Marx in his time, that war will end up destroying all the opposing camps, is real. On the other hand, there is a second path that demands the…