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Published by
Yale University Press (2014-02)
Original language
Politics & government


by Rubin, BarrySchwanitz, Wolfgang

This is the most comprehensive account yet of the dangerous alliance between the Swastika and the Crescent, whose impact has persisted to the present day. A remarkable story told for the first time.

During the 1930s and 1940s a unique and lasting political alliance was forged between the German Third Reich, Arab nationalists and Muslim religious leaders. From this relationship sprang most of the German espionage operations in the Middle East, a clandestine plot to turn over Iraq and Egypt to the German army, and other dramatic events that were central to World War II, but which have remained largely secret to this day.

Rubin and Schwanitz reveal, for example, the full scope of Palestinian leader Amin al?Husaini’s support of Hitler’s genocidal plans against European and Middle Eastern Jews. In addition, they expose the extent of Germany’s long?term promotion of Islamism and jihad. Drawing on unprecedented research in European, American, and Middle East archives, many recently opened and never before written about, the authors offer new insight on the intertwined development of Nazism and Islamism and its impact on the modern Middle East.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center of the Interdisciplinary Center, Israel. He is the author of many books and publishes frequently on Middle East topics. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Middle East historian Wolfgang G. Schwanitz is visiting professor at the Global Research in International Affairs Center of the Interdisciplinary Center, Israel, and an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum of Pennsylvania. He has authored several books on the history and politics of the Middle East. His articles have appeared widely and he contributes to European papers like Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, and Frankfurter Rundschau. He lives in New Jersey.

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This book is a model of original research and the ultimate scholarly study of German?Arab and German?Muslim cooperation during the first half of the twentieth century, covering both World Wars. It is a major contribution in the field, a magnum opus.

Quote: Jacob M. Landau, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

In this hugely important book Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz show that not only did Nazism enjoy widespread popularity in the contemporary Middle East, but its profound effects on pan?Arabist and Islamist thinking, as well as the evolution of Palestinian Arab nationalism, continue to reverberate throughout the region to date. A must read.

Quote: Efraim Karsh, King’s College London

Rubin and Schwanitz have done a major, double service ? by tracing the historical links between Islamist jihadism and German policy from the Wilhelmine to the Nazi eras; and by highlighting the common (anti?democratic, anti?liberal and anti?Semitic) ideological basis of Nazism and Islamism during the Second World War. The center?piece of their study is the description of the mid?20th century alliance between the Nazis and militant Arab nationalists, which still affects current Middle Eastern politics.

Quote: Benny Morris

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