Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature

Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature

by David Cook
     
 

Although apocalyptic visions and predictions have long been part of classical and contemporary Islam, David Cook's book is the first scholarly work to cover this disparate but influential body of writing. Cook puts the literature in context by examining not only the ideological concerns prompting apocalyptic material but its interconnection with the… See more details below

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Although apocalyptic visions and predictions have long been part of classical and contemporary Islam, David Cook's book is the first scholarly work to cover this disparate but influential body of writing. Cook puts the literature in context by examining not only the ideological concerns prompting apocalyptic material but its interconnection with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Arab relations with the United States and other Western nations, and the persistance of violence in the Middle East.

Cook suggests that Islam began as an apocalyptic movement and has retained a strong apocalyptic and messianic tone. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary Muslim apocalyptic writings, Cook convincingly demonstrates the influence of non-Islamic sources on such literature, tracing anti-Semitic strains in Islamist thought in part to Western texts and traditions. Through a meticulous reading of current documents, incorporating exegesis of everything from holy texts to assertions of supernatural phenomena, Cook shows how radical Muslims, including members of al-Qa'ida, may have applied these ideas to their own agendas. By exposing the undergrowth of popular beliefs contributing to religion-driven terrorism, this book casts new light on today's political conflicts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815631958
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1Classical Muslim apocalyptic literature1
2Building a new vision of the future in the wake of the Six Days' War13
3Interpretations of the present59
4The controversy about dating the end of the world84
5Qur'an 17:4-8 - from Banu Isra'il to the state of Israel98
6The Mahdi and world conquest126
7Prophecies of America, the second 'Ad, and its downfall150
8Apocalyptic predictions concerning Afghanistan and the Taliban172
9The figure of the antichrist184
10Problems with the texts and how they are overcome201
11Conclusions214

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