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Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic (Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam, No. 21) Hardcover – January 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0878501427 ISBN-10: 0878501428

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  • Series: Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam
  • Hardcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: The Darwin Press (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878501428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878501427
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Reid Ross on November 16, 2011
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The Near Eastern religions all claimed information delivered by the revelations of their gods to their prophets. Such revelation is termed, in Greek, "apocalyptic"; and it often handles revelations about the end of the world. Islam claims itself, also, as a series of revelations to their Prophets, of whom Muhammad is the latest. One would expect in Islamic literature, also, speculation upon the End.

It turns out that Muslims did retain some - in fact, many - apocalyptic materials. There's some in the Qur'an but, mainly, it's in Hadith. Not many apocalyptic ahaadith entered the canonical Sunnite collections; and since most of those hadiths NOT caught in those collections were Shi`ite, many Sunni, Orientalist and even Shi`a scholars have assumed that apocalyptic was a specifically Shi`ite genre. It turns out that this view is anachronistic, and reflects simply that the Shi`a preserved their books better. Much more has since been recovered and published. In Islam's first centuries, EVERYONE was into the End Of The World - "The Hour", in their own terms. Ibn Abi Shayba, `Abd al-Razzaq and especially Nu`aym b Hammad compiled whole books on the topic.

David Cook has, here, attempted to assign these hadiths to genres. I am not sure that Cook has entirely succeeded - there is overlap, and I see many points where he just quotes mediaeval encyclopaedias like the Kanz al-`Ummal instead of going back to original sources to tease out who said what and when. But when you consider that this book is just an overview, and that (as far as I know) no-one had tried this before him; you really can't take away from his achievement.

The content of apocalyptic is grim by nature, and paranoid, and involves wishes of mass destruction to enemies; it can be draining to read.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John of Damascus on August 10, 2006
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A brief review: David Cook is perhaps the premiere scholar in the world on Muslim Apocalytic literature. This tome is his magnum opus on the subject. As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Osama bin Laden and any other number of Islamic wing-nuts send out subtle or possibly more overt messages regarding their Islamic end-time fanatasies, there are many who are now scrambling to get a solid grasp as to what in the world they are talking about. This book is the book that other books on the subject cite. For those who truly wish to plunge the depths of Islamic eschatology, this is the volume to plunge into. Admittedly slightly ponderous reading, it is nonetheless the standard. An amazing accomplishment.
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Scholarly written and superb in content. A very precise and outstanding definition of Islamic apocalyptic thought. This is a must read for anyone desiring to comprehend what Islam believes beyond the typically stated five pillars of faith.
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