Nazi propaganda for the Arab world

Daniel Pipes has reviewed a book entitled “Nazi Propaganda för the Arab World” written by Jeffrey Herf. The book was published in 2009 byYale University Press.
The book offers interesting historical insight into Nazism’s influence on the development of modern pan-Arabism and it explains how Nazi ideology informs the Arab world’s political descisions to this very day, obstructing both development and peace .

Daniel Pipes reviews the book and begins his analysis as follows:

The impact of National Socialism in the Middle East used to appear brief and superficial. Unlike with Communism, whose local parties and outside influence through the Soviet bloc lasted over many decades, the Nazis’ moment lasted about six years, 1939-45, and they had little regional presence beyond Rommel’s armies in North Africa and a fleeting pro-Nazi regime in Iraq.
But two powerful, important books have set the record straight. Djihad und Judenhass (2002) by Matthias Küntzel, translated into English in 2007 as Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11, shows the continuing influence of Nazi ideas on Islamists. Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World by Jeffrey Herf focuses on an earlier time, the 1930s-40s, and the major effort by Hitler and his minions to transmit their ideas to the Middle East. After reading Küntzel and Herf, I realize that my education about the modern Middle East was lacking a vital ingredient, the Nazi one.

To read the entire review, visit the Daniel Pipes website here.