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

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


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

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  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 228mm x 27mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 26 April 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0312569203
  • ISBN 13: 9780312569204
  • Sales rank: 828,300

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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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Author information

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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"Achcar offers a careful parsing of a most incendiary topic. . . . Calm and judicious in tenor yet unyielding in its intellectual rigor, "The Arabs and the Holocaust" may show the path out of a seemingly intractable dispute." --"Booklist""" "This is a refreshing and original study, showing clearly that Muslim anti-Semitism is neither universal, nor inevitable, nor subject to pat explanations." --"The Economist""" "A fascinating, subtle, and original analysis of Israeli and Arab historical narratives." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, "BBC History Magazine""" "A systematic and scholarly refutation of the simplistic myths that have arisen following the formation of Israel . . . the best book on the subject so far." --Tariq Ali, "The Guardian" (London) "A sensitive and insightful exploration of an important dimension of the Middle East conflict--one that we usually only encounter in angry sound bites. Gilbert Achcar's book, which combines meticulous scholarship and an engaging style, is a significant contribution to the mutual understanding that is in such short supply." --Peter Novick, author of "The Holocaust in American Life" "In this study Gilbert Achcar exposes a great deal of spurious scholarship on the subject and places Arab attitudes towards the Holocaust and the Jews in their proper historical and intellectual context. It is an erudite, perceptive, and highly original study that shines much-needed light on a field which has tended to be dominated by partisanship and propaganda." --Avi Shlaim, author of "The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World" "Essential reading for anyone who seeks a balanced understanding of the place of Jews and the Holocaust in Arab thinking today. Whether or not one agrees with Gilbert Achcar on every issue, he provides a welcome and well-informed counterpoint to caricaturists and hate-mongers and fear-promoters of every persuasion. His is a voice of moderation in a bitter conflict, and it is all the more valuable for being