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More on Arabism, Pan-Arabism, Baathism & FASCISM

October 19, 2008

The Ba’ath party was founded in Syria in 1928 by Michel Aflaq and Salah al-Din Bitar with a pan-Arab nationalist program and elements of both Marxism and fascism.  Aflaq and Bitar were influenced by Arab nationalist trends that had begun in time of the Turks, inspired in part by the Islamic and Arab reform ideologies of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani (1839-1897), his student Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905), and Abduh’s student, Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865-1935). These thinkers called for a renewal of Islam, with limited borrowing of concepts from the West. Abduh in particular was active in promoting Arab autonomy within Ottoman Turkey, and had placed great hopes in the Young Turks. Rida grew increasingly anti-Western with time, and was a great influence on Hassan El-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood. While Aflaq was a Greek Orthodox Christian, Ba’ath ideology adopted an affinity for Islam, and Pan-Arabists saw one of their goals as asserting the primacy of the Arabs in the Muslim world.

Ba’athism was a deliberate copy of European Fascism; it tried to replace Islam in the people’s minds with Arabism, a fascistic glorification af Arab history …

Encyclopedia of the Developing World: Index – Google Books Resultby Thomas M. Leonard – 2006 – Social Science – 1759 pages
… Pan-Arabism with an emphasis on socialism incorporating ideas from Italian fascism. Ba’ath ideology..

Blood, soil, Baathism’s fascism, Michel Aflaq composed a Koranic super narrative of Arabism, soil and Islam

October 18, 2008

Blood, soil [Michel Aflaq composed a Koranic super narrative of Arabism, soil
and Islam]
jpost Sep, 24 2008 24 Sep 2008
Faith, blood, people and
soil… Such themes also come together in that most hideous of Middle Eastern
fascist movements, Ba’athism. Ba’athism’s founding thinkers, the Syrians Sati
al-Husri and Michel Aflaq, composed a Koranic super narrative of Arabism, soil
and Islam. They wrote of an Islam as the great cultural and intellectual
achievement of the Arab people, and it in turn formed a symbiotic relationship
with Arabism, such that they flowed from one another, locked in an eternal

(As to the issue of Israel’s land to Arabs, it is important to note that non-Arabs – AKA Jews, don’t have any “rights” in the land occupied by “Palestinians”… it is virtually 100% ethnic cleansed, while Arabs make up 20% of Israel’s population).

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