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The 'Muslim question' in Hitler's Balkans

Motadel, David (2013) The 'Muslim question' in Hitler's Balkans. Historical Journal, 56 (04). pp. 1007-1039. ISSN 0018-246X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0018246X13000204


This article examines Germany’s efforts to instrumentalize Islam in the Balkans during the Second World War. As German troops became more involved in the region from early 1943 onwards, German officials began to engage with the Muslim population, promoting Germany as the protector of Islam in south-eastern Europe. Focusing on Bosnia, Herzegovina, and the Sandžak of Novi Pazar, the article explores the relations between German authorities and religious leaders on the ground and enquires into the ways in which German propagandists sought to employ religious rhetoric, terminology, and iconography for political and military ends. Interweaving religious history with the history of military conflict, the article contributes more generally to our understanding of the politics of religion in the Second World War

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Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:46

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