Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-08-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A chilling, fascinating, and nearly forgotten historicalfigure is resurrected in this riveting work that links thefascism of the last century with the terrorism of our own.Written with vigor and extraordinary access to primarysources in several languages, Icon of Evil is the definitiveaccount of the man who, during World War II, was called"the fŁhrer of the Arab world" and whose ugly legacylives on today.With new and disturbing details, David G. Dalin andJohn F. Rothmann show how al -Husseini ingratiatedhimself with his hero, Adolf Hitler, becoming, with hisblond hair and blue eyes, an "honorary Aryan" whiledreaming of being installed as Nazi leader of the MiddleEast. Al-Husseini would later recruit more than 100,000Muslims in Europe to fight in divisions of the Waffen-SS, and obstruct negotiations with the Allies that mighthave allowed four thousand Jewish children to escape toPalestine. Some believe that al-Husseini even inspiredHitler to implement the Final Solution. At warís end,al-Husseini escaped indictment at Nuremberg and washarbored in France.Icon of Evil chronicles al-Husseiniís postwar relationshipswith such influential Islamic figures as the radicaltheoretician Sayyid Qutb and Saddam Husseinís powerfuluncle General Khairallah Talfah and his crucial mentoringof the young Yasser Ararat. Finally, it provides compellingevidence that al-Husseiniís actions and writings serve asinspirations today to the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah,and other terrorist organizations pledged to destroy Israeland the United States.

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