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Title Arab responses to fascism and Nazism : attraction and repulsion / edited by Israel Gershoni
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (368 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates)
Contents Introduction : the study of Arab responses to fascism and Nazism in Middle Eastern studies / Israel Gershoni -- A challenge to the local order : reactions to Nazism in the Syrian and Lebanese press / Gøtz Nordbruch -- Against the tide : the secret alliance between the Syrian National Bloc leaders and Great Britain, 1941-1942 / Meir Zamir -- Memoirs do not deceive : Syrians confront fascism and Nazism -- as reflected in the memoirs of Syrian political leaders and intellectuals / Eyal Zisser -- More than the mufti : other Arab-Palestinian voices on Nazi Germany, 1933-1945, and their postwar narrations / Renø Wildangel -- The Spanish Civil War as reflected in contemporary Palestinian press / Mustafa Kabha -- Iraqi shadows, Iraqi lights : anti-fascist and anti-Nazi voices in monarchic Iraq, 1932-1941 / Orit Bashkin -- The view from the embassy : British assessments of Egyptian attitudes during World War II / James Jankowski -- The rise of homemade Egyptian communism : a response to the challenge posed by fascism and Nazism? / Rami Ginat -- "The crime of Nazism against humanity" : Ahmad Hasan al-Zayyat and the outbreak of the World War II / Israel Gershoni -- The war and the Holocaust in the Egyptian public discourse, 1945-1947 / Esther Webman -- The tiger and the lion : fascism and Ethiopia in Arab eyes / Haggai Erlich
Summary This is the first book to present an analysis of Arab response to fascism and Nazism from the perspectives of both individual countries and the Arab world at large. This collection problematizes and ultimately deconstructs the established narratives that assume most Arabs supported fascism and Nazism leading up to and during World War II. Using new source materials taken largely from Arab memoirs, archives, and print media, the articles reexamine Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Iraqi responses in the 1930s and throughout the war. While acknowledging the individuals, forces, and organizations that did support and collaborate with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, Arab Responses to Fascism and Nazism focuses on the many other Arab voices that identified with Britain and France and with the Allied cause during the war. The authors argue that many groups within Arab societies - elites and non-elites, governing forces, and civilians - rejected Nazism and fascism as totalitarian, racist, and, most important, as new, more oppressive forms of European imperialism. The essays in this volume argue that, in contrast to prevailing beliefs that Arabs were de facto supporters of Italy and Germany - since "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"--Mainstream Arab forces and currents opposed the Axis powers and supported the Allies during the war. They played a significant role in the battles for control over the Middle East. Israel Gershoni is a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History and Kaplan Chair for the History of Egypt and Israel at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Dame and Devil: Egypt and Nazism, 1935-1940, volumes 1 and 2, and coauthor (with James Jankowski) of Confronting Fascism in Egypt: Dictatorship versus Democracy in the 1930s
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-354) and index
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Subject Fascism -- Arab countries
National socialism -- Arab countries
Political culture -- Arab countries
World War, 1939-1945 -- Political aspects -- Arab countries
Andra världskriget 1939-1945 -- politiska aspekter.
Buddhism and politics.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
National socialism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
Political culture.
Politics and government
Politische Kultur
Politisk kultur.
Arab countries -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Arab countries.
Arabische Staaten
Form Electronic book
Author Gershoni, I., author, editor
ISBN 0292757468