A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad

A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad

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David Patterson
Cambridge University Press, 10/18/2010
EAN 9780521197472, ISBN10: 0521197473

Hardcover, 312 pages, 22.9 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

Based on extensive scrutiny of primary sources from Nazi and Jihadist ideologues, David Patterson argues that Jihadist anti-Semitism stems from Nazi ideology. This book challenges the idea that Jihadist anti-Semitism has medieval roots, identifying its distinctively modern characteristics and tracing interconnections that link the Nazis to the Muslim Brotherhood to the PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, the Sudan, the Iranian Islamic Republic, and other groups with an anti-Semitic worldview. Based on his close reading of numerous Jihadist texts, Patterson critiques their antisemitic teachings and affirms the importance of Jewish teaching, concluding that humanity needs the very Jewish teaching and testimony that the Jihadists advocate destroying.

the essence of the Jihadist evil
1. Nazi ideology and Jihadist echoes
2. Modern Jihadist ideological foundations
3. The Nazi seed in Islamic soil
4. The evil spreads
the Muslim Brotherhood
5. Jihadist brothers
the Sudanese National Islamic Front, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas
6. 'Religious' offshoots
the Islamic revolution, Hezbollah, and Al-Qaeda
7. 'Secular' offshoots
the Baath Party and the PLO
8. Concluding thoughts
humanity's need for Israel.

Advance praise: 'In A Genealogy of Evil, David Patterson examines the texts of key contributors to the twentieth-century Islamist tradition, including Abdul Al'a Maududi, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Hassan al-Banna, and Sayyid Qutb, as well their successors in recent decades, and probes the influence, confluence, and parallels between their views and National Socialism. He offers readers an effective synthesis of the growing historical and social science writing about Islamism while adding a distinctive interpretation rooted in his understanding of theology. His discussions of martyrdom and attitudes toward death provide important conceptual clarification about similarities as well as differences between Nazism and Islamic Jihadism. Much research remains to be done on these issues. Patterson's work should serve as an important source in present and future debates and discussions.' Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland, College Park