69 million page views

"Muslim fatalism" in Auschwitz

Reader comment on item: Are Muslims Fatalists?

Submitted by Peter Suedfeld (Canada), Sep 17, 2015 at 20:21

Very interesting article, thank you -- a much deeper analysis than most I've seen on the 'Net.

A note on perceptions of Muslim fatalism: In Auschwitz, an inmate who had "given up"-- that is, stopped getting up for headcounts or work, didn't eat, etc., and just waited passively for death -- was called a "Musselmann." Some victims could be snapped out of it by a sudden shock. Later studies found that this was most likely a symptom of extreme malnourishment.



Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)