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p. 1197. Political Significancelocked

  • Adam J. Silverstein

Abstract

‘Political significance’ deals with Islamic history's influence on politics. Islamic history has been used as a sharp propaganda tool, through which military and popular support for their campaigns could be garnered. The esteem in which history is held in Muslim societies has even led to its deployment in political contexts in which the intended audience is non-Muslim. This is shown clearly using examples of key political issues and events such as the Israel–Palestine conflict, the Iran℃Iraq War, nationalism, national identity, Islamic identity, the Golden Age of Spain and Islamic rule in Andalusia, and the anti-Zionist view on Israel.

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