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Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam

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A chilling, fascinating, and nearly forgotten historical figure is resurrected in a riveting work that links the fascism of the last century with the terrorism of our own. Written with verve and extraordinary access to primary sources in several languages, Icon of Evil is the definitive account of the man who during World War II was called “the führer of the Arab world” and whose ugly legacy lives on today.

In 1921, the beneficiary of an appointment the British would live to regret, Haj Amin al-Husseini became the mufti of Jerusalem, the most eminent and influential Islamic leader in the Middle East. For years, al-Husseini fomented violence in the region against the Jews he loathed and wished to destroy. Forced out in 1937, he eventually found his way to the country whose legions he desperately wished to join: Nazi Germany.

Here, with new and disturbing details, David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmann show how al-Husseini ingratiated himself with his hero, Adolf Hitler, becoming, with his blonde hair and blue eyes, an “honorary Aryan,” while dreaming of being installed Nazi leader of the Middle East. Al-Husseini would later recruit more than 100,000 Muslims in Europe to fight in divisions of the Waffen-SS, and obstruct negotiations with the Allies that might have allowed four thousand Jewish children to escape to Palestine. Some believe that al-Husseini even inspired Hitler to implement the Final Solution. At war’s end, al-Husseini escaped indictment at Nuremberg and was harbored in France before being given a hero’s welcome in Egypt.

Icon of Evil chronicles al-Husseini’s postwar relationships with such influential Islamic figures as the radical theoretician Sayyid Qutb and Saddam Hussein’s powerful uncle, General Khairallah Talfah, and his crucial mentoring of the young Yasser Arafat. Finally, it provides compelling evidence that al-Husseini’s actions and writings serve as inspirations today to the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations pledged to destroy Israel and the United States.

Revelatory and unsettling, Icon of Evil reveals an essential character in the worst crimes of the modern era. It is an important addition to our understanding of the past, present, and future of radical Islam.

Synopsis:

Exposing the link between the fascism of the past and twenty-first-century radical Islam, a detailed portrait of Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the spiritual and political leader of the Palestinian Arabs from the 1920s, describes his alliance with Hitler, his advocacy of the Final Solution, and his fomenting of Nazi-style anti-Semitic propaganda throughout the Islamic world. 30,000 first printing.

About the Author

David G. Dalin is the Taube Research Fellow in American History at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience (with Jonathan D. Sarna), The Presidents of the United States and the Jews, and The Myth of Hitler’s Pope. His numerous articles and book reviews have appeared in American Jewish History, Commentary, First Things, The Weekly Standard, and the American Jewish Year Book.

John F. Rothmann serves on the faculty of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco. He is an author, teacher, archivist, political consultant, and talk show host on the ABC-affiliated KGO 810-AM Newstalk Radio in San Francisco. He has lectured on American politics and the presidency and the Middle East throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Table of Contents

Preface — Rendezvous with destiny — The genesis of modern jihad — Partners in genocide — The mufti's reflection — The mufti's return to the Middle East — Mandate for hate — The mufti's legacy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588367037
Subtitle:
Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmann
Author:
David G. Dalin
Author:
Dalin, David G.
Author:
John F. Rothmann
Author:
Rothmann, John F.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Arab-Israeli conflict
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Germany-Nazi Germany
Subject:
Middle East- Palestine
Subject:
World History-Germany Nazi
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
227

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam
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"Synopsis" by , Exposing the link between the fascism of the past and twenty-first-century radical Islam, a detailed portrait of Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the spiritual and political leader of the Palestinian Arabs from the 1920s, describes his alliance with Hitler, his advocacy of the Final Solution, and his fomenting of Nazi-style anti-Semitic propaganda throughout the Islamic world. 30,000 first printing.
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