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In his follow-up to Iran:The Coming Crisis, Hitchcock surveys Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's apocalyptic vision of the fulfillment of Islamic prophecy and of Iran's role in hastening the coming of the messianic Mahdi through militant action. Hitchcock rightly sees the danger here, but he interprets Ahmadinejad's Mahdism through the particular lens of American Protestant fundamentalist prophecy. He makes no reference to the significant disagreements over prophecy interpretation in both Christianity and Islam, except to deny-incorrectly-that Christians have ever sought to hasten Armageddon through radical action. Hitchcock's view that one form of Christianity is true and Islam is false obscures the common millennialist threads of these sister faiths. Certainly, Ahmadinejad poses a threat to peace but not because he fulfills literal Christian prophecies as Hitchcock understands them, but because he oversees a theocratic dictatorship that exhibits militant literalist religious fervor coupled with nuclear ambitions. As this is not a work of history or academic scholarship, it is only for public libraries that circulate similar works and for religion collections on Bible prophecy interpretation.
—William P. Collins