February 12, 2008

HARRISONBURG—In the current issue of the international affairs journal American Foreign Policy Interests, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, reviews Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 by Matthias Küntzel, translated by Colin Meade, which was published late last year by Telos Press.

According to Dr. Pham, the book, which won the grand prize at the 2007 London Book Festival, “exhaustively documents the pre-World War II links between European totalitarianism and both nationalists and Islamists in the Arab world” and “definitively dispels the myth that Arab/Muslim anti-Semitism is purely a consequence of the current Middle East conflict.” Thus, he concludes:

Küntzel’s Jihad and Jew-Hatred is a salutary reminder that policymakers and analysts alike would do well to discard any illusions they may have that, by themselves, the right mix of political concessions negotiated by presumably rational statesmen will extinguish the fires of anti-Semitism which have been stoked for so long in certain quarters of the Arab-Muslim world. Only when the full implications of the ideological dimensions of Islamism, including its congenital anti-Semitism, are acknowledged and confronted can one even begin to sketch out a “road map for peace” that is in any meaningful way realistic.

American Foreign Policy Interests is a bimonthly journal published by Taylor & Francis for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a research organization founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau and dedicated to identifying, articulating, and helping to advance the national interests of the United States from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism. Dr. Pham has served as a member of the National Committee’s Board of Advisors since January 2006.

For the text of the review, click here.