Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Hitler En De Arabieren

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Hitler En De Arabieren

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Hitler en de Arabieren. By Emerson Vermaat. Soesterberg, Netherlands: Uitgeverij Aspekt, 2016. 190 pp. euro19.95

In Hitler en de Arabieren (Hitler and the Arabs), Dutch investigative journalist Vermaat details the convergence and synthesis of Nazi and Islamist theology. Citing archival and contemporary sources, he explores the roots of modern Arab antiSemitism, focusing on the Muslim cleric Haj Amin al-Husseini, grand mufti of Jerusalem, who played a major role in wedding Islamism to the Nazi belief system.

Husseini forged an alliance with the Nazis based on a shared vision of making a world that was "Judenrein" (devoid of Jews) and the concept of the "Übermensch" (master race), an idea with a parallel in the Qur'an, for example: "You are the best nation produced [of] mankind!"

Although the Nazis considered the Arabs to be Semites, the notion of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" took precedence over racism. Husseini is quoted assuring Hitler: "The Arabs are the natural allies of Germany, given that they have the same enemies. …

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