Mansoor Hekmat and the Socialist Critique of Islamism.
The Worker-communist Party of Iran (حزب کمونیست کارگری ایران) is known to many on the international left, but perhaps not well enough.
The party’s central slogans are “Liberty, Equality, Workers’ Rule”, “Down with the Islamic Republic”, “For a Socialist Republic”, and “The Basis of Socialism is the Human Being”.
Maryam Namazie, the prominent secularist, comes from this background.
The Mansoor Hekmat Foundation is an important resource.
Who was Mansoor Hekmat? by Hamid Taghvaie provides a sigficiant introduction to his ideas, and those of their organisation.
Not everybody on the left will agree with the detailed positions of the Worker-Communists, or follow their theoretical and political divisions.
But there is no doubt about their importance for those trying to make sense of Islamism, which they often call simply “Political Islam” and the democratic and secularist left-wing response to combating its diverse forms.
There are other, and important, contributions from this tradition, on a wide range of issues, from class, nation, imperialism, and these are just some aspects of their thought and analysis that I signal.
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