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Combatants of Muslim Origin in European Armies in the Twentieth Century : Far from Jihad (Hardcover)
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During the two World Wars that marked the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of non-European combatants fought in the ranks of various European armies. The majority of these soldiers were Muslims from North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent.
How are these combatants considered in existing historiography? Over the past few decades, research on war has experienced a wide-reaching renewal, with increased emphasis on the social and cultural dimensions of war, and a desire to reconstruct the experience and viewpoint of the combatants themselves. This volume serves to reintroduce the question of religious belonging and practice into the study of Muslim combatants in European armies in the 20th century. The contributions evaluate the importance of religious belonging and practice for Muslim combatants in the two World Wars, focusing on the combatants' viewpoint, alongside the viewpoint of the administrations and military hierarchy.