Apocalypse in Islam

Apocalypse in Islam

By (author) Jean-Pierre Filiu , Translated by Malcolm B. Debevoise


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This is an eye-opening exploration of a troubling phenomenon: the fast-growing belief in Muslim countries that the end of the world is at hand--and with it the "Great Battle," prophesied by both Sunni and Shii tradition, which many believers expect will begin in the Afghan-Pakistani borderlands. Jean-Pierre Filiu uncovers the role of apocalypse in Islam over the centuries, and highlights its extraordinary resurgence in recent decades. Identifying 1979 as a decisive year in the rise of contemporary millenarian speculation, he stresses the ease with which subsequent events in the Middle East have been incorporated into the intellectual universe of apocalyptic propagandists. Filiu also shows how Christian and Jewish visions of the Final Judgment have stimulated alarmist reaction in Islamic lands, both in the past and today, and examines the widespread fear of Christian Zionist domination as an impetus to jihad. Though the overwhelming majority of Muslims remains unpersuaded, the mounting conviction in the imminence of apocalypse is a serious matter, especially for those who are preparing for it.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 32mm | 557.92g
  • 10 Jan 2011
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 23 color illustrations
  • 0520264312
  • 9780520264311
  • 757,875

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Jean-Pierre Filiu is Associate Professor at the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris. Formerly a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, he has extensive experience working with NGOs and as a diplomat in the Middle East. His writings about the Muslim world have been translated into a dozen languages.

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"A timely and highly recommended work." Booklist 20110201 "A fascinating book." -- Bruce Riedel Tablet Magazine 20110421 "Apocalypse in Islam makes a crucially important contribution to our understanding of current events." -- Charles Cameron Jihadology 20110124 "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." -- Peter Kirkwood The Australian 20110312 "Fascinating ... a must read." Australian Financial Review Magazine "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." -- Shalom Goldman Haaretz 20110217 "An important work for students not just of Islam but also of religion, politics, and popular culture in general." Choice 20110902 "A fascinating and accessible text... You'll be much better informed after reading Apocalypse in Islam." -- Angela Mende Law Society Journal 20111001

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