January 9, 2021

Help GLORIA to Continue Prof. Barry Rubin’s Work

As the one-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Professor Barry Rubin, approaches, I am reaching out to you, his loyal readers, to help continue his important work. Barry was one of the most prolific Middle East scholars of our time. He authored and edited over 100 books and monographs and worked ‘round the clock to produce the most accurate and balanced analysis. Even while hooked up to an IV dispensing chemo, Barry was dictating articles to his assistant. He also finished three … [Read more...]

Grand Mufti “a willing partner to join their crusade”: Jewish Book Council reviews Nazis, Islamists

From a recent review on the Jewish Book Council website by historian Jack Fischel: The historical link between Nazi anti-Semitism, leading to the Holocaust, and the Islamic fundamentalist anti-Jewish-anti-Israel threat to the Jewish state is the subject of this important book. The late Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, both Middle East scholars, have uncovered documentation that reveals that the use of jihad as a political weapon was first used during World War I, when advisors to Kaiser … [Read more...]

“Provocative Conclusions”: Two New Reviews of Nazis, Islamists

From a recent review in the St. Louis Jewish Light titled "Book’s provocative conclusions make for fascinating reading": Drawing on European, American and Middle East archives, a large number of which had only recently been opened, the authors maintain that there was a collaboration and connection between Nazi Germany and Islamist forces like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that have determined and still determine the course of events in the Middle East today.   The authors specifically … [Read more...]

“A Compelling and Somber Insight”: Middle East Quarterly Reviews Nazis, Islamists

From the Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2014 issue. Reprinted with permission from the Middle East Forum site. With Islamist groups taking advantage of uprisings across the Middle East, notably in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood succeeded for a time in gaining power and is still widely viewed as the democratically elected government of Egypt, the publication of this richly researched book, a joint production of two leading Middle East scholars, could not be timelier. While many analysts … [Read more...]

The Rubin Scholarship 2014

The late Prof. Barry Rubin

The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya is offering a scholarship for an outstanding researcher in modern Middle East politics.  The Rubin scholarship is named in memory of Professor Barry Rubin, founder and former director of the GLORIA Center, who passed away in February 2014. The scholarship is available to PhD candidates and above who are at the beginning of their careers in the fields of Middle East Studies, International … [Read more...]

Roots of Hatred: National Review looks at Nazis, Islamists

Amin Al Husseini with one of his Nazi Muslim Troops

In Islamic societies, Jews are still widely thought of as people of bad character who cannot help engaging in criminal conspiracy. Muslims are advised several times in their canonical writings and by Middle Eastern rulers that the rightful ordering of the world depends upon destroying Jews for fear Jews may destroy them. Recent times have fueled this murderous fantasy. The Jewish state is conceived as the outcome of a criminal conspiracy involving Britain and now the United States. Merely by … [Read more...]

Lebanese Leader Condemns Prof. Rubin’s Nazis, Islamists Book; British Telegraph Disagrees

Walid Jumblatt

In his condemnation of the Israeli response to the situation in Gaza, prominent Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has spoken out against the late Prof. Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz's latest book, Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press:  2014). From an article in the Lebanese Daily Star: In response to the book “Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Jumblatt condemned … [Read more...]

Silent Scourge: Review of Barry Rubin’s Silent Revolution

"An angry, sorrowing book... Barry Rubin’s indefatigability in completing it while facing what he knew to be his final illness (the respected historian and Middle East analyst died of cancer in early February of this year) indicates to some extent the measure of the thinker who has gone." "A riveting lament," writes Janice Fiamenga, from her recent review. "Passages of incredulity punctuate the otherwise controlled, effectively developed arguments the author presents about the … [Read more...]

Interview with Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, re Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, co-author, with Barry Rubin, of Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Writer and historian Marshall Poe recently featured Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, co-author, with the late Prof. Barry Rubin, of the book Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, on his weekly podcast highlighting historians with newly issued books.  Poe writes, "This book tells a remarkable and–to me at least–little known but very important story. In Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale UP, 2014), Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz trace … [Read more...]

Voices on Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Here's a roundup of four pieces which have appeared in the the media recently about the book Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (click for full preview), by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, now available through Amazon.com. As of this week, we are pleased to report that, as of May 11, this book is ranking #80 for sales in two categories on Amazon.com:     Number #80 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & … [Read more...]