Apocalypse in Islam

Apocalypse in Islam

by Jean-Pierre Filiu
     
 

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"This brilliantly argued book turns conventional wisdom on its head. The source of Muslim anti-Semitism is more Western hate literature than Islamic scriptural or theological precedents. In stunning detail, etched in lapidary prose, Filiu gauges the scale and scope of resort to Islamic apocalypse, revealing it as a form of anti-globalism, disguised as… See more details below

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"This brilliantly argued book turns conventional wisdom on its head. The source of Muslim anti-Semitism is more Western hate literature than Islamic scriptural or theological precedents. In stunning detail, etched in lapidary prose, Filiu gauges the scale and scope of resort to Islamic apocalypse, revealing it as a form of anti-globalism, disguised as anti-Semitism, which Muslims, no less than non-Muslims, ignore at their own peril. Apocalypse in Islam is a challenge to all who want to advance a new alliance of civilizations rather than an endless combat of fundamentalisms."—Bruce Lawrence, editor of Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden

"An absolutely fascinating book by an author whose expertise joins the fields of scholarship, diplomacy and culture. Filiu's combination of classical textual analysis with that of contemporary social movements and Arabic-language apocalyptic literature shows both the complexity of Islamist apocalyptic movements and the striking similarities they bear to Christian apocalyptic movements. Certain to be the standard text on this crucial but still poorly understood subject for years to come."—Mark LeVine, author of Heavy Metal Islam

"In this deeply researched and very well translated account of apocalyptic movements in Islam, Filiu, a leading scholar of the Islamic world, delivers a major contribution to scholarship that is both erudite and accessible."—Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist

“A timely and highly recommended work.”
Tablet Magazine - Bruce Riedel

“A fascinating book.”
Jihadology - Charles Cameron

“Apocalypse in Islam makes a crucially important contribution to our understanding of current events.”
The Australian - Peter Kirkwood

“Carefully outlines what the apocalyptic literature is saying, and places it in a broad historical and theological context. It presents sober and balanced assessments, and is a truly useful resource.”
Australian Financial Review Magazine

“Fascinating . . . a must read.”
Haaretz - Shalom Goldman

“The University of California Press is to be praised for adding to the book color plates of 22 lurid covers of these recent novels. These alone are worth the price of admission.”
Choice

“An important work for students not just of Islam but also of religion, politics, and popular culture in general.”
Law Society Journal - Angela Mende

“A fascinating and accessible text. . . . You’ll be much better informed after reading Apocalypse in Islam.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520272644
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,002,210
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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"A timely and highly recommended work."—Booklist

"A fascinating book."—Tablet Magazine

"Apocalypse in Islam makes a crucially important contribution to our understanding of current events."—Jihadology

"Carefully outlines what the apocalyptic literature is saying, and places it in a broad historical and theological context. It presents sober and balanced assessments, and is a truly useful resource."—The Australian

"The University of California Press is to be praised for adding to the book color plates of 22 lurid covers of these recent novels. These alone are worth the price of admission."—Haaretz

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