The Kaiser's Jihad

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  • Creator ZDF
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
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  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : ZDF, [2011] New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2017. ©2011
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    • 1 online resource (1 video file (46 min., 0 sec)) : sound, color


  • During the First World War, the despotism and arrogance of Europe's colonial powers in the Islamic World was revealed once more. The British and Germans in particular exploited the conflicts between Arabs and Ottomans for their own power interests. Max von Oppenheim, an envoy of Wilhelm II, the German Emperor, is supposed to have triggered a "jihad" against the British and French with the help of Turkish allies, in order to destabilize the colonies of the opponents of the German Empire. The Arab Muslims, however, did not follow Max von Oppenheim, but the charismatic "Lawrence of Arabia". Acting on behalf of Britain, he encouraged the Arabs to rebel against the Ottoman Empire, with money, weapons, and the promise of independence.


  • Originally released by ZDF, 2011.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on November 14, 2017.
  • Streaming video file.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Seeking a German-Arab Alliance (2:11); Mahdist Rebellion (4:10); German Threat (2:31); Zionist Movement (2:31); Baghdad Railway (2:26); Max von Oppenheim (4:19); Oppenheim's Jihad Strategy (4:09); Holy War Against Britain (1:39); Putting Jihad Plans into Action (3:59); A Double Game (3:06); Arab Uprising (5:02); Jihad Failure and New Middle East Borderlines (3:19); Palestine Conflicts (4:44); Credits: The Kaiser's Jihad (0:31)
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