National-Socialist Guide to Understanding Islam

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Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Editorial Preface

The pamphlet The National-Socialist Guide to Understanding Islam (pdf) was written and distributed by Muslim convert Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt (aka David Myatt) in 2003, the same year that, at a UNESCO conference in Paris which concerned the growth of anti-Semitism it was stated that “David Myatt, the leading hardline Nazi intellectual in Britain since the 1960s […] has converted to Islam, praises bin Laden and al Qaeda, calls the 9/11 attacks ‘acts of heroism,’ and urges the killing of Jews. Myatt, under the name Abdul Aziz Ibn Myatt supports suicide missions and urges young Muslims to take up Jihad. Observers warn that Myatt is a dangerous man.” [1]

During the previous two or more years, Myatt had not only travelled and spoken in several Arab countries [2] but also had run a somewhat notorious campaign to bring radical Muslims and neo-nazis together in order, in his words, “to fight our common enemy”, and of which campaign Professor Michael wrote that Myatt had “arguably done more than any other theorist to develop a synthesis of the extreme right and Islam.” [3]

The foundation of this synthesis was Myatt’s revisionist version – or rather his new vision – of National Socialism, which he dubbed ‘ethical National-Socialism’ and which vision he, in the year before and the year after his conversion to Islam in 1998, propagated by means of the Reichsfolk group he founded in the 1990s. This vision or version of National Socialism was a non-racist one, of which he wrote, in his essay Why National-Socialist Is Not Racist, that “correctly defined and understood, National-Socialism is an ethnic philosophy which affirms that the different races, the different peoples, which exist are expressions of our human condition, and that these differences, this human diversity, should be treasured in the same way we treasure the diversity of Nature.”

In Myatt’s campaign to bring Muslims and National Socialists together the pamphlet The National-Socialist Guide to Understanding Islam certainly played a role, simplistically and propagandistically written as it was for National Socialists in particular and Western nationalists in general as an introduction to not only Islam but, following 9/11, to topics such as ‘martyrdom operations’. For, in respect of ‘martyrdom operations’, Myatt had already – and for his fellow Muslims – written “one of the most detailed defences in the English language of Islamic suicide attacks” [4] and which defence of such attacks was at the time, and for several years, featured on the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing) section of the Hamas website [5]. Given such links to Hamas, and the fact that Myatt was known as “an ardent defender of bin Laden” [2], it is hardly surprising that Myatt merited a mention at an April 2005 NATO conference on terrorism which heard that Myatt had called on “all enemies of the Zionists to embrace the Jihad.” [6]

Therefore, though now somewhat dated in places and, along with all his neo-nazi and Islamic writings, disowned by Myatt himself [7], this propaganda pamphlet – sections of which were featured on the Aryan Nations website run by August Kries – does have some historical interest, in relation to Myatt’s ‘Jihadi years and support for Islamic terrorism’, in relation to Myatt’s ‘synthesis of the extreme right and Islam’, and perhaps especially in relation to the Reichsfolk group and their continuing vision of an ethical National-Socialism.

Richard Stirling
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[1] Simon Wiesenthal Center: Response, Summer 2003, Vol 24, #2

[2] Mark Weitzmann, Anti-Semitism and Terrorism, in Dienel, Hans-Liudger (ed), Terrorism and the Internet: Threats, Target Groups, Deradicalisation Strategies. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, vol. 67. IOS Press, 2010. pp.16-17.

[3] Michael, George. (2006) The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right. University Press of Kansas, p. 142.

[4] Wistrich, Robert S, A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad, Random House, 2010.

[5] Durham, Martin. White Rage: The Extreme Right and American Politics. Routledge, 2007, p.113

[6] Ely Karmon. The Middle East, Iraq, Palestine – Arenas for Radical and Anti-Globalization Groups Activity. NATO Workshop On Terrorism and Communications: Countering the Terrorist Information Cycle, Slovakia, April 2005.

[7] Myatt’s post-2010 writings are full of remorse for what he terms “his extremist past”. In a Disclaimer placed on both his website and his internet blog (davidmyatt.wordpress.com) he writes that:

“I reject and disown all my pre-2011 writings and effusions, with the exception of my Greek translations, the poetry included in the published collection One Exquisite Silence (ISBN 978-1484179932), some private letters written between 2002 and 2011, and those few items about my since revised ‘numinous way’ which are included in post-2012 publications such as The Numinous Way of Pathei-Mathos (ISBN 978-1484096642). My rejection of all forms of extremism is explained in (i) the 2013 compilation Understanding and Rejecting Extremism (ISBN 978-1484854266) and (ii) Myngath (ISBN 978-1484110744).”



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