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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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A Feeble Folk to Whom No Concern is Accorded

A Feeble Folk to Whom No Concern is Accorded

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(p.210) 6 A Feeble Folk to Whom No Concern is Accorded
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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/9781474439237.003.0007

This chapter provides the reader with a different perspective on the apocalyptic visions of ISIS. So far, most attention has been accorded to how ISIS has been able to exploit apocalyptic symbolism and rhetoric and the detail of what they expect to see in the future. However, this chapter entitled “A Feeble Folk to whom no Concern is Accorded” (this subheading is a borrowed quotation from Nuʽaym ibn Hammad´s Kitab al-Fitan, The Book of Apocalyptic Tribulations), illustrates how the activities of ISIS are placed in an apocalyptic context by their opponents (i.e. the vast majority of Muslims). It is perhaps no wonder that such opposing perceptions can be mainly found within the outputs of those Muslim groups and strands that currently feel mortally threatened by ISIS inspired terror, namely Shiites, Sufis, liberals, etc. Let us remind ourselves that the apocalyptic imagination always reveals, at least to a certain degree, the nature of the thinkers and that the millennial content can often implicitly reflect their worldly worries and concerns within the eschatological framework.

Keywords:   Apocalyptic exegesis, Propaganda, Shiites, ISIS

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