An account of a man largely forgotten in the Nazi Legacy, Icon of Evil traces the connections between the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, and Adolf Hitler. Partially a historical account of the Mufti's movement, influence, and actions with the Nazi party, and partially an argument that it was primarily the Mufti's Nazism that trickled down to modern Middle Eastern politics today, this treatise looks at an oft-ignored element in Nazi history. 227 indexed pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
Middle East scholars Dalin (The Myth of Hitler's Pope) and Rothmann collaborate in this harrowing account of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the British-appointed Mufti of Jerusalem and the political and spiritual head of the Palestinian Arab community from the 1920s on, who helped seal a powerful bond between Islamic radicals and Nazi officials. A longtime admirer of National Socialism and personal friend of Himmler and Eichmann, al-Husseini championed the Final Solution, made propaganda broadcasts to the Middle East, encouraged Muslim participation in the Waffen SS and called for exterminating Palestine's Jewish population. His advocacy of a holy war against Jews and their British supporters culminated in the massive Arab Revolt of 1937. Escaping to Egypt as the Third Reich collapsed, al-Husseini found his hopes for an All-Palestine government frustrated; however, the Islamization of anti-Semitism proved to be his enduring legacyhe imported and localized Nazi slogans and counted among his acolytes his cousin, the young Yasser Arafat. The authors draw persuasive links between al-Husseini and current contemporary eventsnotably the execution of journalist Daniel Pearlgiving this history a haunting relevance. (July 1) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.