Book Islam and Nazi Germany's war / David Motadel.
Publication year: 2014.
Call Number D810.M8 M68 2014
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674724600 0674724607
Extent: 500 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
"In the most crucial phase of the Second World War, German troops, fighting in regions as far apart as the Sahara and the Caucasus, confronted the Allies across lands largely populated by Muslims. Nazi officials saw Islam as a powerful force with the same enemies as Germany: the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Jews. [This book] is the first comprehensive account of Berlin's remarkably ambitious attempts to build an alliance with the Islamic world. Drawing on archival research in three continents, David Motadel explains how German officials tried to promote the Third Reich as a patron of Islam. He explores Berlin's policies and propaganda in the Muslim war zones, and the extensive work that authorities undertook for the recruitment, spiritual care, and ideological indoctrination of tens of thousands of Muslim volunteers who fought in the Wehrmacht and the SS. [This book] reveals how German troops on the ground in North Africa, the Balkans, and the Eastern Front engaged with diverse Muslim populations, including Muslim Roma and Jewish converts to Islam. Combining measured argument with a masterly handling of detail, it illuminates the profound impact of the Second World War on Muslims around the world and provides a new understanding of the politics of religion in the bloodiest conflict of the twentieth century"--Dust jacket.
Part 1. Foundations. Origins -- Berlin's Muslim moment -- Part 2. Muslims in the war zones. Islam and the war in North Africa and the Middle East -- Islam and the war on the Eastern Front -- Islam and the battle for the Balkans -- Part 3. Muslims in the Army. Mobilizing Muslims -- Islam and politics in the units -- Islam and military propaganda.