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The Jihadist Preachers of the End TimesISIS Apocalyptic Propaganda$
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Bronislav Ostranský

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439237

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439237.001.0001

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The Quest for the Portents of the Hour

The Quest for the Portents of the Hour

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(p.15) 1 The Quest for the Portents of the Hour
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The Jihadist Preachers of the End Times
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Bronislav Ostřanský

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439237.003.0002

This chapter introduces in general terms the phenomenon of Islamic apocalyptic thought within the spiritual framework of Muslim theology and eschatology (with a focus on its Sunni element). In particular, it focuses on the historical background and medieval writings, as well as the key terms applied in the book and the key notions that are necessary for further explanation. Starting with the ambiguous Quranic eschatological references, as well as the scattered and more-or-less mysterious passages within the Sunna, the introductory survey attempts to depict a broadly accepted “chronology of the End-times”. This includes explanatory remarks on the epistemological limits of the related research, as well as exegetical stereotypes that are relevant to the major “episodes” of the given “scenario”. Brief notes will also be provided on the historical manifestations of Muslim millennialism, spanning the period from Medieval times to the contemporary period. However, the emphasis is placed on those features essential for an accurate understanding of contemporary Muslim millennialism. Simply put, the main intention of the introductory explanation is to make the following chapters fully intelligible to readers interested in ISIS but who have limited awareness of Islam.

Keywords:   Terminology, Heuristics, Apocalyptic cycles, Historic manifestations

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