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.
David Patterson is Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas. He has also taught at the University of Memphis, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oregon. He is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Sounding the Depths of the Soul (2009), Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock (with Alan L. Berger, 2008), and Overcoming Alienation: A Kabbalistic Reflection on the Five Levels of the Soul (2008). His writings have also appeared in many journals and anthologies on philosophy, literature, Judaism, the Holocaust and education.
Introduction: 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.