By Yves Mamou
When there is a profit to be made, capitalism has no political spirit and can collude with any ideology — from democracies to totalitarian tyrannies. This view was most recently set forth by the French anthropologist Florence Bergeaud-Blackler in her book, “Le marché halal ou l’invention d’une tradition” (“The Halal Market or the Invention of a Tradition”).
Bergeaud-Blackler claims in her book that “halal” food (food that, in Islam, is religiously permitted) was “recently invented” as a label and as a potential commercial market, in a collusion between Iranian fundamentalists and multinational agrifood businesses. In an interview with the French daily newspaper, Liberation, she said:
“I speak of invention of the ‘halal market’ in the sense that we are not dealing with an ancient tradition imported from Muslim countries. The halal market never existed in the Muslim world until food ‘big business’ created it and exported it…
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