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Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam Hardcover – June 24, 2008
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His presentation was excellent, detailing how in 1921, Haj Amin al-Husseini became the mufti of Jerusalem. After some research we learned that the word "mufti" means: (a) a Muslim jurist expert in the religious law, or (b) in the Ottoman Empire, a deputy of the chief Muslim legal adviser to the Sultan.
Mr. Husseini, a most eminent and influential Islamic leader in the Middle East helped foment enmity against Jews in the region and in 1937 joined Nazi Germany because they shared a common enemy, the Jews. Mr. Husseini was seen by Hitler as an honorary Aryan.
While Hitler had written racial inferiority remarks about the Muslims in his book "Mein Kampf," Hitler liked Mr. Husseini's looks, his "blond hair, red beard, and blue eyes, appeared to have been an exception." The cover of the book surfaces a photo that the author explained was hard to obtain, it is of a photograph taken of the mufti with the fuehrer himself, Adolf Hitler.
The book details how Al-Husseini recruits thousands of Muslims in Europe to fight for the Waffen-SS, his protests about allowing Jews to move into Palestine, prevent the escape of Jewish children from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovakia, who accompanied by 400 adults were to enter Palestine in exchange for the release of twenty thousand German prisoners of war.
At some point, Al-Husseini "organized the dispatch of five parachuters to Palestine with ten containers of a toxin to poison Tel Aviv's water system. Fortunately, they were caught near Jericho before they could carry out their mission.Read more ›
This book is a must-read for a better grasp on this history and also to appreciate the surprising political naivete by members of the British civil administration of Palestine. By choosing a a thoroughly unsuitable and unqualified leader for Jerusalem's Muslims, the British set the scene for much of today's Middle-Eastern turmoil.
The book's thesis is that Haj Amin al-Husseini both led and became representative of Palestinian Nationalism, both in his time and thereafter. It's a brief read with a core text of 148 pages followed by a selection of the Mufti's writings, footnotes and a bibliography.
The basic facts of the book are sound, but there are a number of ways it could have been better. One problem was the interjection comments on what individuals supposedly thought - impossible to know and I felt it detracted from the case the authors were trying to build. One should watch for those moments and put them aside as editorials. I object less to Chapter 4 "The Mufti's Reflection" which speculated as to what might have happened had the Nazis opted to conquer the Middle East instead of breaking the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Russia. Here the authors are trying to describe the elements that were already in place for a final solution to the "Jewish Problem in Palestine". There were plans for a death camp to be built in the vicinity of Ramallah. The Mufti was shown to be an advocate for genocide and had positioned himself to be put in charge of Palestine in a Vichy style government. There was genuine concern that Rommel would continue his routs and push the British out and there was widespread support by the Arab peoples for a German victory.
On pp42 the following single line quote stood out: "The greatest contemporary Arab here - is probably Adolph Hitler". (Inside Asia: pp528, by John Gunther.) Shocking enough, but the authors should have drawn further on this source.Read more ›
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As history books go, this was very informative and extremely relevant to the radical Islamic terrorism that we are experiencing today.Published 6 months ago by Eric R Dumas
I agree with many of the other reviewers. An excellent book, except for the conjecture part of what the Mufti might have done. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Wilkins
History rhymes and the essence of the parable about the frog and the scorpion remains true.Published 9 months ago by Romey
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A very interesting part of the World War II era that I was unaware of. Author does take a few liberties, but the accurate content is what is really interesting.Published 16 months ago by K R Ninstints
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