Dr. Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She teaches Islam and the Holocaust. Her articles have appeared in books such as: Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an as Literature and Culture (Brill, 2006) and Not Your Father’s Anti-Semitism: Hatred of the Jews in the 21st Century (Paragon House, 2008). She is also author of “A Muslim’s Response to Frank H. Littel” in Legacy of an Impassioned Plea Franklin H. Littel’s Crucifixion of the Jews, Ed. David Patterson, (Paragon Press, 2018) and “Muslim Memory and Righting Relations with the Other” in Righting Relations After the Holocaust, ed. Elena G. Procario-Foley and Robert A. Cathey (Paulist Press, 2018). She is the co-editor of a book entitled: Orhan Pamuk and Global Literature: Existentialism and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her recent book Shoah through Muslim Eyes (Academic Studies Press, 2017) was nominated for the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research and the Jacob Schnitzer Book Award.
The Holocaust and the Muslim World
This paper looks at how Antisemitism came about within Muslim communities, the propaganda used through religious and secular context. How to reject polemical myths about the Holocaust and Jews, I will offer a new way of creating understanding of two communities through the acceptance and enormity of the Shoah and colonialism. The role of Muslims and the Holocaust is a growing field within Holocaust and religious studies. Muslims’ historical involvement expands and particularizes the genocide of Jews, which infiltrated countries like Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Libya under the Fascist, Nazi, and Vichy governments. Muslims during this period were in a midst of crisis from the many pressures of colonization and World War II and their alliance with Nazi Germany. This was a complicated time for Jews and Muslims, especially in light of both the Nazi and the Vichy governments; however, less is known about how and where Jews and Muslims suffered and collaborated in this growing anti-Semitic period.