History

The Nazis and the Muslims

Jeffrey Herf,  Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale University Press, 2010), 368 pages, US$20.   History does not write its lines except with blood. Glory does not build its edifice except with skulls. Honour and respect cannot be established except on a foundation of cripples and corpses.—Sheik Abdullah Azzam, Palestinian scholar and al Qaeda operative  If faith, a belief, is not watered by blood, it does not grow… Faith is propagated by counting up deaths every day, by adding up massacres and charnel houses.—Ali Benhadj, Algerian Islamist  Nazi ideology, Arab nationalism, and a fundamentalist strain of Islam that advocates…

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