David Motadel

Waves of Authoritarianism

The world’s demagogues offer simple solutions and a strong hand. Trump’s victory in 2016 was a reminder of this.

Muslims in Hitler's War

The Nazis believed that Islamic forces would prove crucial wartime allies. But, as David Motadel shows, the Muslim world was unwilling to be swayed by the Third Reich's advances.

Jihad 1914

In the early days of the First World War a plan was hatched in Berlin to spread revolt among the Muslim populations of the Entente empires. David Motadel looks at the reasons why it failed.

Waves of Revolution

In the light of current events in North Africa and the Middle East, David Motadel examines the increasing frequency of popular rebellions around the world.