- Series: Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam (Book 21)
- Hardcover: 470 pages
- Publisher: The Darwin Press (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0878501428
- ISBN-13: 978-0878501427
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic (Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam, No. 21)
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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.Read more ›