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Nazism, the Holocaust, and the Middle East: Arab and Turkish Responses

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Volume 7

Vermont Studies on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

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Nazism, the Holocaust, and the Middle East

Arab and Turkish Responses

Edited by Francis R. Nicosia and Boğaç A. Ergene

280 pages, 23 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-784-0 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (January 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78920-503-9 $29.95/£23.95 / Pb / Published (October 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78533-785-7 eBook

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“Rich in detail, each chapter provides a snapshot of the political situation and intellectual debates in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Turkey, and Morocco. For people unfamiliar with this part of the world, these chapters are full of surprises. For readers familiar with previous scholarship that emphasized the “ideological synthesis” of Arab nationalism, Nazism, Jew-hatred, and Islamic fundamentalism, this volume serves as a vital antidote to simplified understanding… What the editors promise [in their introduction], the volume delivers.” • Holocaust and Genocide Studies

“This outstanding collection of brilliant essays offers explorations of Arab, Turkish, and Jewish responses to Nazism and the Holocaust in the Middle East. Each concise essay presents complex historiographical debates in a way that is highly accessible to scholars, students, and the learned public.” • Marc David Baer, London School of Economics


Given their geographical separation from Europe, ethno-religious and cultural diversity, and subordinate status within the Nazi racial hierarchy, Middle Eastern societies were both hospitable as well as hostile to National Socialist ideology during the 1930s and 1940s. By focusing on Arab and Turkish reactions to German anti-Semitism and the persecution and mass-murder of European Jews during this period, this expansive collection surveys the institutional and popular reception of Nazism in the Middle East and North Africa. It provides nuanced and scholarly yet accessible case studies of the ways in which nationalism, Islam, anti-Semitism, and colonialism intertwined, all while sensitive to the region’s political, cultural, and religious complexities.

Francis R. Nicosia is Professor of History and Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. His authored books include The Third Reich and the Palestine Question (1985), Zionism and Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany (2008), and Nazi Germany and the Arab World (2015).

Boğaç A. Ergene is Professor of History at the University of Vermont. He has published extensively on the Ottoman Empire and the history of Islamic law and legal practice. He is the author of Local Court, Provincial Society and Justice in the Ottoman Empire: Legal Practice and Conflict Resolution in Çankiri and Kastamonu (1652-1744) (2003) and co-author of The Economics of Ottoman Justice: Trial and Settlement in a Sharia Court (2016).

Subject: Genocide HistoryJewish Studies
Area: Middle East & Israel


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