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The Invention of “Islamofascism”. Nazi Propaganda to the Arab World and Perceptions from Palestine

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Following the 9/11 attacks in New York the term Islamofascism became a widely used and highly ideologically loaded political term. Some historians have introduced the paradigm to analyze the beginning of the Palestine Conflict, concluding that Palestinian Nationalists in the 1930s and 1940s were motivated by anti-Semitism and pro-German sentiment. The article shows how Nazi Germany indeed tried to forge and spread the idea of Islamofascism in publications such as the German-Arabic propaganda newspaper Barīd al-Sharq. But in contrast to what some recent studies on German propaganda to the Near East suggest, an analysis of contemporary local sources indicates that trust in this Islamic propaganda including the radio broadcasting by Nazi Germany was generally low. Despite cases of collaboration, the Arab Palestinian community in the 1930s and 1940s was far from embracing the Islamofascism paradigm and its ideological foundations


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