Journal of Islamic Studies 28 (3):404-407 (2017)

© The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.comIn January 1915, the leading Dutch Orientalist, Christiaan Snouk Hurgronje, published a stinging critique of Turco-German efforts to provoke a pan-Islamic uprising against the Entente powers. His article, entitled ‘The holy war made in Germany”’, condemned both the Kaiser’s government and the German Orientalists who encouraged ‘politico-religious’ fanaticism among colonial Muslims. Written with one eye on Dutch interests in its East Indies colonies and the other on the enlightened pursuit of ‘general religious peace and freedom of thought’ between Europe and the Muslim world, Snouk Hurgronje’s essay was to stand as an enduring condemnation of the West’s cynical efforts to use Islam to serve its own ends.One century later another Leiden professor, Erik-Jan Zürcher, one of the leading historians of Turkey, assembled a...
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