Jihad and Islam in World War I

Studies on the Ottoman Jihad on the Centenary of Snouck Hurgronje's "Holy War Made in Germany"

Edited by Erik-Jan Zürcher

Jihad and Islam in World War I

Edited by Erik-Jan Zürcher

Distributed for Leiden University Press

352 pages | 23 halftones, 4 line drawings, 3 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $59.00 ISBN: 9789087282394 Published May 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Today’s headlines are full of references to jihad and jihadists, but they’re nothing new: a century ago, the entry of the Ottoman Empire into World War I was accompanied by a loud proclamation of jihad as well. This book resurrects that largely forgotten aspect of the war, investigating the background and nature of the proclamation, as well as its effects in the wider Middle East, the fears it stoked among German and British military leaders, and the accompanying academic debates about holy war and Islam.
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David Motadel, University of Cambridge
"The book is much more than the sum of its chapters. Bringing together some of the leading scholars in the field, Erik Jan Zürcher’s volume provides the first comprehensive account of the jihad declaration of the First World War and its consequences. It reveals the remarkable impact the war had on Muslims around the world and, more generally, sheds new light on the geopolitics of Islam in the modern age. It will become a standard work on the subject."
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