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The Resource A mosque in Munich : Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, Ian Johnson

A mosque in Munich : Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, Ian Johnson

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A mosque in Munich : Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West
Title
A mosque in Munich
Title remainder
Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West
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Ian Johnson
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Subject
Language
eng
Review
  • Pulitzer-winning journalist Johnson (Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China ) tells a probing saga of militant Islamism rooted in a Munich mosque in a cold war strategy gone wrong. The mosque eventually became the epicenter of Islamist organizing in Europe and America. Johnson's story goes back to Nazi Germany's recruitment of Soviet Muslim POWs into anti-Soviet propaganda organizations; during the cold war, the CIA vied with West Germany to control these Munich-based exiles for anti-Soviet propaganda. The CIA brought in Said Ramadan, an Egyptian anticommunist—and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who stealthily wrested control of a mosque-building project from the CIA- and German-controlled Muslim factions, redirecting it to Islamism. Johnson pens a lucid, closely observed account of the fraught intersection of intelligence bureaucracies with émigré political factions. It's not quite a tale of “blowback”: the mosque was funded largely by Saudi and Libyan money, and the Muslim Brotherhood seems to have been only marginally abetted by the CIA. But it is a troubling example of America's perennial cluelessness about the Muslim world and its religious politics. (May 4) --Staff (Reviewed February 15, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 7, p122)
  • An intriguing, densely packed, somewhat murky journalistic expos of disgruntled Muslims who fled Soviet Russia and were politically manipulated over the decades by dubious Western elements.Pulitzer Prize–winning Wall Street Journal reporter Johnson (Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China, 2004) was surprised to learn that the Islamic Center in Munich held such a prominent place in the Muslim world. He soon discovered that the mosque had been built and financed by a unique group of migr Muslims and refugees in West Germany who had troubling ties to Nazi Germany and the CIA. The story begins on the battlefields of Russia during World War II, when the Nazis captured minority Russian soldiers—Georgians, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, etc.—and recognized that their oppression by, and hatred of, the Soviets could render them valuable tools for the Nazis. These soldiers were employed in the Ostministerium, an administrative arm of the Wehrmacht charged with managing the newly conquered East European territories. Johnson pursues one of the key administrators, Gerhard von Mende, a Turkic studies expert whose work in the Ostministerium, including the wooing of the notoriously anti-Semitic Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, nicely dovetailed with his postwar Cold War intelligence work for the West Germans. The author also examines Robert Dreher, a CIA agent working for the American Committee Liberation from Bolshevism ("Amcomlib"), which mostly ran Radio Liberty and kept close watch on von Mende's activities and agents. Plans to build a mosque in Munich in 1960 as a place of political activity brought together these disparate elements. It also offered a meeting place for the Muslim Brotherhood, a grassroots Islamist organization founded in 1928 with questionable ties to terrorists yet embraced by the United States and others.A tirelessly researched investigation, this work unravels many strands to be taken up for subsequent exploration. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2010)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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353168
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DLC
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1962 July 27-
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Johnson, Ian
Dewey number
297.30943/36409045
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Mende, Gerhard von
  • Jamʻīyat al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn (Egypt)
  • United States
  • Islam and politics
  • Mosques
  • Islamic fundamentalism
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Ex-Nazis
  • Cold War
  • Anti-communist movements
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Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim brotherhood in the West
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A mosque in Munich : Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, Ian Johnson
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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Contents
Prologue: On the edge of town -- Hot wars -- The Eastern front -- The Turkologist -- The Nazi prototype -- Cold wars -- Reviving the Ostministerium -- The key to the Third World -- Learning their lesson -- "A politically smart act" : the mosque is conceived -- Dr. Ramadan arrives -- Marriage of convenience -- The novelist's tale -- Winning the mosque -- Losing control -- Modern wars -- The Brotherhood triumphant -- Beyond Munich -- Defining the debate -- 1950s redux -- Epilogue: Inside the mosque
Control code
770310
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 318 pages
Isbn
9780151014187
Lccn
2009035285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780151014187
  • (OCoLC)435967559
Label
A mosque in Munich : Nazis, the CIA, and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, Ian Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: On the edge of town -- Hot wars -- The Eastern front -- The Turkologist -- The Nazi prototype -- Cold wars -- Reviving the Ostministerium -- The key to the Third World -- Learning their lesson -- "A politically smart act" : the mosque is conceived -- Dr. Ramadan arrives -- Marriage of convenience -- The novelist's tale -- Winning the mosque -- Losing control -- Modern wars -- The Brotherhood triumphant -- Beyond Munich -- Defining the debate -- 1950s redux -- Epilogue: Inside the mosque
Control code
770310
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 318 pages
Isbn
9780151014187
Lccn
2009035285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780151014187
  • (OCoLC)435967559

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