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Coming Soon: Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Book Review)

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Coming Soon: Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the

Modern Middle East (Book Review)

Posted: 04 Dec 2013 06:53 AM PST

“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 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.”-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 and policies.”-Benny Morris, author of One State, Two States
“Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East  is a welcome addition to the short list of indispensable books on the Arab Israeli conflict. We owe a great debt to Barry Rubin and to Wolfgang G. Schwanitz for revealing an urgent story the international community should have known but somehow missed    a story that is a key to understanding how we got to this current moment in the Middle East.”-Yossi Klein Halevi, Shalom  Hartman Institute
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