Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam [NOOK Book]

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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.

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

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Overview

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.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588367037
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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.


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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Rendezvous with Destiny 3

Ch. 2 The Genesis of Modern Jihad 7

Ch. 3 Partners in Genocide 39

Ch. 4 The Mufti's Reflection 66

Ch. 5 The Mufti's Return to the Middle East 79

Ch. 6 Mandate for Hate 107

Ch. 7 The Mufti's Legacy 128

Acknowledgments 145

Chronology of the Mufti's Life 149

App Correspondence and Documents 153

Notes 173

Bibliography 199

Index 213

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    Posted August 7, 2012

    Evershine

    Bites the fox.

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    Most enlightening expose on the Middle East predicament.

    I'd always read about the Balfour agreement, but this book shows how it was window dressing for an already pre-decided British policy.

    A person that knows history will see that today's problems have roots that go back to the anti-Jewish Nazis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

    Expected More

    I read this book and found it difficult to relate to some of the perplexing issues of the foreign matter. The cover of the book could have been better. I simply expected more substance and did not find it in this read.

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