By David Motadel
Winner of the 2014 Fraenkel Prize in modern History
In the main an important section of the second one global conflict, German troops, scuffling with in areas as a long way aside because the Sahara and the Caucasus, faced the Allies throughout lands mostly populated by means of Muslims. Nazi officers observed Islam as a strong strength with an identical enemies as Germany: the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Jews. Islam and Nazi Germany's War is the 1st finished account of Berlin's remarkably formidable makes an attempt to construct an alliance with the Islamic world.
Drawing on archival study in 3 continents, David Motadel explains how German officers attempted to advertise the 3rd Reich as a consumer of Islam. He explores Berlin's rules and propaganda within the Muslim struggle zones, and the wide paintings that gurus undertook for the recruitment, non secular care, and ideological indoctrination of tens of millions of Muslim volunteers who fought within the Wehrmacht and the SS.
Islam and Nazi Germany's War finds how German troops at the floor in North Africa, the Balkans, and the japanese entrance engaged with different Muslim populations, together with Muslim Roma and Jewish converts to Islam. Combining measured argument with a masterly dealing with of element, it illuminates the profound influence of the second one global struggle on Muslims world wide and offers a brand new realizing of the politics of faith within the bloodiest clash of the 20 th century.