The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives

The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives

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By (author) Gilbert Achcar, Translated by G M Goshgarian

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  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 226mm x 28mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 26 April 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0312569203
  • ISBN 13: 9780312569204
  • Sales rank: 1,052,578

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There is no more inflammatory topic than the Arabs and the Holocaust--the phrase alone can occasion outrage. Political scientist Gilbert Achcar analyzes the various Arab responses to Nazism, from the earliest intimations of the genocide, through the creation of Israel and the destruction of Palestine and up to our own time, critically assessing the political and historical context for these responses and offering by the same token a unique ideological mapping of the Arab world. While challenging distortions of the historical record, Achcar makes no concessions to anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial. This pathbreaking, essential book provides a new basis for Arab-Israeli and Arab-Western understanding.

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Gilbert Achcar, who grew up in Beirut, has taught at the University of Paris-VIII and at the French-German Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. He is currently professor of development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Among his many books are "The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder" and "Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy," co-authored with Noam Chomsky.

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This is a work of breath-taking empathy, examining one of the most painful and emotion-laden topics in the modern world with dispassion, sensitivity and high erudition. Gilbert Achcar combines a historian's profound understanding of the workings of Arab political discourse with a fine appreciation of the traumatic valence of every aspect of this topic. This magisterial study constitutes a welcome advance on the often meretricious and mediocre scholarship produced thus far on the important topic of the Arabs and the Holocaust.