After Greece--Islam?

Kleinlerer, Edward
November 1940
New Republic;11/4/40, Vol. 103 Issue 19, p617
Focuses on the aims of Fascist Italy in the present conflict of World War II to impress the Arab peoples with the invisibility of the Axis armies and to stir up revolt against Great Britain throughout the Arabic world. Argument that Benito Mussolini, Fascist prime minister of Italy, conceived the idea of anointing himself 'Protector of Islam'; Comment of Mussolini that Fascist Italy wishes to prove its solidarity with Islam and its sympathy with Muslims of the whole world; Diplomatic strategies of Mussolini to win the support of Arab countries by showing his concerns for Muslims; Effect of Italian propaganda on Arab peoples, especially since the collapse of France and the consequent shift of the balance of power in the Near East; Reasons behind Egypt's step to keep distance from an Italian protectorate; View of Sheik Mustafa El Maraghi, renowned rector of the Al Azhar Moslem University in Cairo, against Mussolini's vested interests to exploit Islam for his own purposes.


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