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Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam Hardcover – June 24, 2008
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In the last century, Arab peoples have frequently fared poorly under leaders chosen by or foisted upon them, including Egypt’s Nasser, Syria’s Assad, and Iraq’s Hussein. Among the most destructive of these was Haj Amin al-Husseini, who dominated Palestinian politics for several critical decades of the twentieth century. This account of the life and career of al-Husseini is interesting and disturbing but hardly balanced. If the authors’ goal is to show the venality of their subject and the tragic consequences for Palestinians, they succeed admirably. As Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, al-Husseini maintained his personal and family powers like a gangster. His nationalist aspirations manifested themselves in the form of rabid Jew baiting that went far beyond opposition to Zionism, and the authors conclusively show how he promoted the extermination of Jews while he resided in Hitler’s Germany. However, their effort to link al-Husseini to the rise of contemporary radical Islam is unconvincing. Still, this is a useful work that helps explain the sad legacy of Palestinian political life. --Jay Freeman
“Dalin and Rothmann newly establish the importance of [al-Husseini’s] connections to Hitler and the genocide machinery…. With verve and insight, [they] show al-Husseini to be a criminal and a truly consequential figure.”—Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum
“Gripping...Dalin and Rothmann meticulously outline the mufti’s role as Nazi collaborator and contributor to the Holocaust.”—Dov S. Zakheim, former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense
“[A] lively account of the career of Haj Amin al-Husseini and his legacy as a founding father of modern jihadist terrorism. This is a thought-provoking work.”—Douglas J. Feith, former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
“A gripping, full-scale portrait...a must for anyone seeking to understand what is happening today in the Middle East.”—Ruth Gruber, author of Exodus 1947
“A comprehensive study…. David Dalin and John Rothmann have told an important story in a compelling and authoritative style.”—Joseph Telushkin, author of A Code of Jewish Ethics
“A riveting and disturbing book, replete with surprising revelations and cautionary lessons.”—Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism
“A full-scale portrait of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem. Once the most powerful Muslim leader in Palestine, his goal was to drive every Jew out of Eretz Israel. Written with passion and often hair-raising detail, the book de scribes how this “Icon of Evil” cozied up to Adolf Hitler in January 1941 while war and the Holocaust raged…” —Ruth Gruber, Hadassah Magazine
“Should be read by all Americans seeking to understand current geopolitical reality…(the authors) make a compelling and well-documented case that we are actually fighting the quasi-spiritual off - spring of Nazism and Fascism.” —David R. Stokes, townhall.com
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.