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Islam and Nazi Germany's War


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David Motadel is Assistant Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Islam and Nazi Germany's War by David Motadel is an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship of Nazi Germany to the Islamic world.--Jack Fischel"Jewish Book World" (08/01/2015)
Islam and Nazi Germany's War is a valuable ground-breaking work, energetically readable and unabashedly complicated... Through an extensive amount of research in some fairly recondite primary sources, Motadel tells the story of Nazi Germany's interaction with its Muslim conquests and would-be conquests in greater detail and with greater skill than any English-language historian before him. He stresses the at first odd-seeming fact that when it came to dealing with Muslims, the Nazis were almost jarringly accommodating... At heart, Motadel's revelatory book describes a mutual bafflement, and in that sense alone it's perhaps prescient. Either way, Islam and Nazi Germany's War is an indispensable enlargement of our understanding of the Second World War's Eastern European theater.-- (12/01/2014)
Islam and Nazi Germany's War is the first book to provide an in-depth study of this complex relationship, charting its twists and turns as Hitler's paladins sought to bring Muslims onside. It is academically impeccable, drawing on a wealth of archival resources in a multitude of languages, yet it wears its erudition lightly. In the current climate, a subject such as this might be considered controversial. Motadel, however, is never less than resolutely serious and rigorous. The whiff of sensationalism never offends the nostrils... Motadel's book is a brilliantly original study that achieves that rare feat of combining rigor with accessibility. Most impressively, in the hugely crowded field of the second world war and Nazi Germany, it manages to explore an area of profound significance that had previously been overlooked.-- (12/05/2014)
Hitler's failed effort to put Muslim boots on the ground still stands as the most far-reaching Western attempt to use Islam to win a war. Such is the judgment of David Motadel, the author of a new, authoritative book, Islam and Nazi Germany's War. Motadel's detailed and fascinating explanation of how and why the Nazis failed to get Muslims on their side is a must-read for serious students of World War II, and it has an important message as well for our own policy in the Middle East.-- (11/24/2014)
Motadel's book provides a vast panorama of the Third Reich's Islampolitik and clearly presents various aspects of this policy and various questions that it raises. Motadel loves details, and the book sometimes reads like historical anthropology... More generally, this book is virtually exhaustive in its approach, and would therefore be hard to surpass... Motadel uses an impressive number of sources, including diverse secondary sources and archives.-- (05/22/2015)
Islam and Nazi Germany's War offers food for thought.--Robert M. Citino"World War II" (03/01/2015)
Islam and Nazi Germany's War will surely become one of the most important books on international history as well as global intellectual history, demonstrating the sophistication and theoretical rigor of both fields. It not only provides the most comprehensive account of Nazi Germany's engagement with Islam but also fascinating insights into the nature of modern Europe's complex relationship with Muslim societies. It will reorient the way we think about the geopolitics of European Orientalism and will be compulsory reading for everyone interested in debates on Islam and the 'West.'--Cemil Aydin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Motadel's Islam and Nazi Germany's War is a superb analysis of little-known but important facts about World War II.--Herman J. Obermayer"Washington Times" (04/06/2015)

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