By Deborah Baker
What drives a tender girl raised in a postwar big apple urban suburb to transform to Islam, abandon her state and Jewish religion, and include a lifetime of exile in Pakistan? The Convert tells the tale of ways Margaret Marcus of Larchmont turned Maryam Jameelah of Lahore, some of the most trenchant and celebrated voices of Islam’s argument with the West.
A cache of Maryam’s letters to her mom and dad within the data of the hot York Public Library sends the acclaimed biographer Deborah Baker on her personal odyssey into the labyrinthine middle of twentieth-century Islam. Casting a shadow over those letters is the mysterious determine of Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, either Maryam’s adoptive father and the guy who laid the highbrow foundations for militant Islam.
As she assembles the items of a singularly difficult lifestyles, Baker reveals herself captive to questions raised via Maryam’s trip. Is her tale simply one other bleak bankruptcy in a so-called conflict of civilizations? Or does it represent anything else solely? after which there’s this: Is the existence depicted in Maryam’s letters domestic and in her books a decent mirrored image of the only she lived? Like many compelling and real stories, The Convert is stranger than fiction. it's a gripping account of a lifestyles lived at the radical facet and a profound meditation at the cultural conflicts that frustrate mutual realizing.
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Surplus value ϭ product−real wages etc. I had some conversation with Dobb but he is really useless – always running with the hare and hunting with the hounds’ (RFK\13\90\4\376–7). In March 1941, she wrote to Kahn that ‘I am now spending my spare time reading Capital. I think it will be fun to lecture on’. And a week later, she again revealed her continuing interest in Marx in another letter to Kahn: ‘These pencil marks are due to a discussion with some young Marxists. There is a lot of excellent stuff in Marx, eg, that the quantity of money is determined by prices, not vice versa.
Logically, what is important is the total amount of surplus which the capitalist class succeeds in acquiring. … And there is no virtue in dividing that total by the amount of labour employed, to find the rate of exploitation, rather than by the amount of capital, to find the rate of profit. Historically, it is natural to suppose that different industries are developed with widely varying rates of exploitation, varying rates of profit, and varying ratios of capital to labour. The push and pull of competition then tends to establish a common rate of profit.
But in reality, in the world of phenomena, the conditions are reversed. Surplus-value is given, but only as an excess of the selling price of commodities over their cost-price. And it remains a mystery where this surplus is originated, whether it is due to the exploitation of labour in the process of production, or to overcharging the purchaser in the process of circulation, or to both. … If the rate of profit is made the point of departure, there is no basis on which to make any conclusions regarding the specific relations between the surplus and the variable capital invested in wages’ (1909b, vol.
The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker