|Author:||Dalin, David G.|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jun 2008|
|Number of Pages:||227|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.04|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.46 x 0.97 x 9.44|
|Rendezvous with Destiny||p. 3|
|The Genesis of Modern Jihad||p. 7|
|Partners in Genocide||p. 39|
|The Mufti's Reflection||p. 66|
|The Mufti's Return to the Middle East||p. 79|
|Mandate for Hate||p. 107|
|The Mufti's Legacy||p. 128|
|Chronology of the Mufti's Life||p. 149|
|Correspondence and Documents||p. 153|
Coauthors Dalin (research fellow, American history, Hoover Inst., Stanford Univ.; The Myth of Hitler's Pope) and Rothmann (Fromm Inst. for Lifelong Learning, Univ. of San Francisco) she'd light on the "fuehrer of the Arab world", Haj Amin al-Husseini, and his legacy of anti-Semitism in the Middle East. Appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem by the British in 1922, al-Husseini was by 1933 making overtures to Adolf Hitler to enlist German help in eliminating Jewish settlements in Palestine.
He enjoyed a cozy relationship with Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and other Nazi leaders. During the war he helped recruit Bosnian Muslims for Germany's Waffen SS. It is alleged, though the authors acknowledge that it is not proven, that al-Husseini was influential in the decision to implement the Final Solution. The mufti escaped indictment at Nuremburg and fled to Egypt despite being named a war criminal by the UN in 1945, eventually dying in Beirut in 1974. The authors have used a variety of primary sources, tracing al-Husseini from his beginnings, through Nazi Germany, and up to consideration of his impact on radical Islam today. The book is brief, but readers seeking other sources for further in-depth analysis of al-Husseini will not find much else available. Recommended.
-Patti C. McCall, AMRI Albany, NY
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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.
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