When German Jihad Set the Islamic World Aflame

Max von Oppenheim, Oriental enthusiast and the Germans’ secret weapon during the First World War A few weeks ago, I made a brief stint in Istanbul, the former capital known as Constantinople in the former Ottoman Empire. Much to the chagrin of my family and loved ones, my boots hit the ground not more than 24 hours after a terrorist attack took out 11 German tourists and injured a dozen other individuals near the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known to westerners as the “Blue Mosque”. The timing of the trip, I’ll admit, was not perfect, but it was a strange coincidence considering […]