British Miscalculations : The Rise of Muslim Nationalism, 1918-1925, Hardback Book

British Miscalculations : The Rise of Muslim Nationalism, 1918-1925 Hardback

Edited by Isaiah Friedman


In the aftermath of World War I there was furious agitation throughout Islam against the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire.

Coupled with the powerful effect of the principle of self-determination, British indifference to Muslim sentiments gave rise to militant nationalism in Islam-which became de facto anti-Western.

This detailed and convincing account describes British indecisiveness, policy contradictions, and how militant nationalism was aggravated by the Greek invasion of Smyrna and its ambition to create a Hellenic Empire in Anatolia with Britain's connivance. Immediately after World War I there was a fair chance of mutual coexistence and good relations between Arabs and Jews in Palestine.

This possibility was nipped in the bud by the military administration (1918-1920) responsible for the anti-Jewish riots in Jerusalem in April 1920.

High Commissioner Herbert Samuel supported the Arab extremists in his misguided policy, and complicated the situation further.

The appointment of Hajj Amin al-Husseini to the exalted post of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and subsequently to the presidency of the Supreme Moslem Council of the Palestinians, proved fatal to Arab-Jewish relations and to the possibility of peace. As Friedman shows, the British administration of Palestine bears a considerable share of responsibility for the Arab-Zionist conflict in Palestine.

Against this diplomatic background Arab-Jewish hostilities thrived, with consequences that endure today.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Middle Eastern history
  • ISBN: 9781412847490



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