January 2, 2021

Book Review: Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Excerpt of Review “The enemy of your enemy is your friend,” wrote the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, al-Hajj Amin al-Husaini, about his reverence for Nazi Germany that had fought his enemies, the (British) colonialists and the Zionists. While this may have been an understatement, it is common knowledge that the Palestinian Arab leader ruined his reputation by collaborating with the Nazis. The exact nature and extent of his collaboration and the solidity of its ideological foundations, however, … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Coming Soon: Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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

"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."-Jacob M. Landau, Hebrew University of Jerusalem "This book presents an abundance of previously un  or under examined material. It is most impressive and greatly advances our knowledge."-Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland "In this hugely … [Read more...]

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

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

During the 1930s and 1940s, a unique and lasting political alliance was forged among Third Reich leaders, Arab nationalists, and Muslim religious authorities. From this relationship sprang a series of dramatic events that, despite their profound impact on the course of World War II, remained  secret until now. In this groundbreaking book, esteemed Middle East scholars Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz uncover for the first time the complete story of this dangerous alliance and explore its … [Read more...]