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    DescriptionThis 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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    Title
    Apocalypse in Islam
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Pierre Filiu, Translated by M. B. Debevoise
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 63 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520272644
    ISBN 10: 0520272641
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC V2.8: REL085000
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST, RELI/ISLAM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1FB
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL037060
    DC22: 297.2/309
    LC classification: BP166.8 .F4513 2011
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 297.2309
    BISAC V2.8: REL037010
    DC23: 956
    Illustrations note
    23 color illustrations
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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
    Table of contents
    Preface to the English-Language Edition Acknowledgments Prologue: The End of the World Draws Nigh Part One: True and False Messiahs of Islam 1. Archeology of the End of the World 2. Grand Masters of the Medieval Apocalypse 3. Avatars of the Mahdi Part Two: Apocalypse Now 4. Dawn of the Fifteenth Century of Islam 5. Pioneers of the Contemporary Apocalypse 6. The Horsemen of Apocalyptic Jihad 7. The Beginning of the End in Iraq 8. The Grand Return of the Shi?i Mahdi 9. Diasporas of the Apocalypse 10. The Armageddon of Jihad Epilogue: Through the Looking Glass--and Beyond Notes A Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Bibliography Index