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The Muslim Nazis IV: Farhud

The Muslim Nazis IV: Farhud

Update: 2021-05-31


What do you get when all of your best laid plans seem to be falling apart around you with nothing but the suffering of your people to show for it?


As the 1920s turned into the 1930s, Hajj Amin al-Husseini's power started to look increasingly fragile and precarious, largely thanks to the effects of the violence that rocked Palestine in the summer of 1929 that only served to raise the temperature across the nation. The nationalist movement would continue to splinter and many different factions would take much more strident, even recognizably jihadist measures against the British Mandate which only served to incentivize the colonizers to redouble their suppression efforts, culminating in the second great Arab Revolt of the 20th century, from 1936-1939.

In this episode of the Muslim Nazis we see the power Hajj Amin al-Husseini accumulated during the 1920s start to slip through his fingers until he is yet again on the run from the British. This part of our story takes us from Palestine to Syria to Iraq. It is Iraq where al-Husseini manages to get himself deeply involved in the coup that brought the British down to bear on Iraq's new government, a government supported by another imperial power beginning to make its moves in Europe. And what ultimately follows such a dramatic confrontation is so devastating that the only word that can sufficiently describe it is in Arabized Kurdish.

That word is farhud, translated as “violent dispossession”, though it could also reasonably be simplified into one word: disaster.

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The Muslim Nazis IV: Farhud

The Muslim Nazis IV: Farhud

Alexander von Sternberg