Jihad: The Ottomans and the Allies 1914-1922


Author: Andrew Hyde

9781445666150 | HB | pp. 304 | 2017 | ‎ Amberley Publishing

Jihad is the story of the Ottoman Empire’s religious crusade against allied Europe and the cataclysmic events that followed leaving behind it’s legacy.

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The tragic news of the ISIS-inspired massacres in Europe and countess other locations throughout the Middle East, in conjunction with the failed political coup against Erdogan in Turkey, have raised the spectre of an ideological struggle that is more than a century old. As the West struggles with the consequences and implications of its ‘War on Terror’, parallels with this earlier jihad become manifest.

Jihad is the story of the sprawling Oftoman Empire which was at the point of dissolution by November 1914 when she declared a Holy War against the Allied Powers and threw in her lot with Germany. It was a disastrous decision that set in chain a series of cataclysmic events, which culminated in the demise of an ancient regime and the emergence of a modern, secular republic. The first jihad in the Arab world since the Crusades was to continue long after the Armistice of 1918, as the defeated empire faced a triumphalist Greece, supported by Britain, seeking to re-establish hegemony over Anatolia. This caused outrage throughout the Muslim world, threatened British paramountcy in India, and fractured diplomatic relations with close allies and the unity of her empire.

Confronted with the indefatigable resistance of one man, Kemal Ataturk, Greek dreams ended in ashes, whilst the stubbom support of Lloyd George for Britain’s ally resulted in his own political extinction. It is a warning from history, including as it does ethnic cleansing, pogroms, regime change and political hubris. It is a story of steely determination and dogged bravery in the face of brazen territorial expansionism. It is also the history of the first modern jihad.

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Andrew Hyde







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Amberley Publishing





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United Kingdom

About the Author

The author co-wrote the three-volume work The Blitz: Then and Now and is the author of First Blitz. He contributed to the BBC Timewatch programme of the same name and to the recent Channel 5 TV documentary on the Windsors. Andrew has been researching the history of modern jihad for the past five years in preparation for this work.


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