Both Marx and Engels wrote only in passing on Islam. However they provide some insights. Their view can be summarised briefly, in three main points:

    (i) That the relationship between Jews and the Arabs (Bedouin) was historically, extremely close, and that the Jews had become separated away from the Arabs over time:

    (ii) That Judaism was an early form of Christianity, and it was as an "intermediary", "covering"  Greek world views -  that allowed it to become a world religion: (iii) That when looked at superficially, the history of "the East" did appear as one of "religions".



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