The appointment [of Tariq Ramadan at Leiden University] was a sickening reminder of its diametric opposite: the principled stand taken at Leiden by Huizinga in 1933 […] Johan Huizinga, the great Dutch historian, then serving as rector of Leiden University, withdrew university hospitality to the Nazi scholar, Johannes von Leers, who was attending an international student conference at the university. […] Huizinga stood in courageous isolation when he took this action, suffering both personal criticism and significant problems in his dealings with German and Swiss publishing houses in the aftermath of the affair. (Ultimately, he died in Nazi detention, during 1945.) […].
Add to the bitter irony that von Leers, who was Goebbel’s favorite Nazi propagandist of annihilation, two decades before his eventual conversion to Islam, in Blut und Rasse in der Gesetzgebung (“Blood and Race in Legislation,” 1936) expressed his admiration for “the imperious and warlike Islam [of the peoples] who still had a clear Nordic racial component,” while also extolling in Der Kardinal und die Germanen (“The Cardinal and the Germans,” 1934) Islam’s ecumenical “tolerance.” Already in additional essays published during 1938 and 1942, von Leers produced analyses focused primarily on Muhammad’s interactions with the Jews of Medina. These essays reveal his pious reverence for Islam and its prophet, and a thorough understanding of the sacralized Islamic sources of Jew-hatred, i.e., in the Koran, hadith, and sira, which is entirely consistent with standard Muslim apologetics, past and present.
Punctuated by this adoption of Islam, von Leers worked as an anti-Western, and anti-Semitic/anti-Zionist propagandist under Nasser’s regime from 1956, until he died in April, 1965. […] Until his death in 1965, von Leers remained unrepentant about the annihilationist policies towards the Jews he helped advance serving Hitler’s Reich. Indeed he was convinced of the righteousness of the Nazi war against the Jews, and as a pious Muslim convert, von Leers viewed the Middle East as the succeeding battleground to seal the fate of world Jewry. […]
Instead of being rejected by the current leadership at Leiden University, a more stealthy modern purveyor of von Leers’ ugly fusion of Islamic and European totalitarianisms – Tariq Ramadan – whose “spiritual” roots like Leers’ can also be traced to Jihadism and Nazism in Egypt – is welcomed, and granted a prestigious academic post. […] Huizinga’s noble legacy at Leiden has been defiled by his avaricious and morally blind successors.
Tariq Ramadan: “An Interesting Man”, 7 November 2007
Nazis and Islamists, 7 November 2007
The Alliance between the Swastika and the Crescent 2, 29 October 2007
The Alliance between the Swastika and the Crescent, 28 October 2007