IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1529: Apocalyptic Otherness: 'They are Gog and Magog, gathered together for Battle' - Scyths, Arabs, or the US Army?

Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Julia Eva Wannenmacher, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern
Moderator/Chair:Anke Holdenried, Department of History, University of Bristol
Paper 1529-aA Surprising Career: Gog and Magog from Joachim of Fiore to the 21st Century
(Language: English)
Julia Eva Wannenmacher, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 1529-bFrom al-Iskanadar to Armageddon: Yajuj and Majuj in Medieval Islamic Apoclyptic Thought
(Language: English)
Fabian Schmidmeier, Lehrstuhl für Orientalische Philologie und Islamwissenschaft, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Semitic, Political Thought
Paper 1529-cThe Far Enemy: Gog and Magog in Historiographic Writing of the High Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Hans-Christian Lehner, Internationales Forschungskolleg 'Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose', Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought

This session proposes to outline the eschatologic dimensions of Gog and Magog in medieval exegesis of Latin western and Arabic sources, a conception which derives from biblical motives and is still being used to characterise political antagonists as antichrist-driven enemies in an apocalyptic scenario, categories which have been widely used not only in medieval Christian exegesis and politics, but also in Muslim exegesis, and is still surviving in polemic descriptions of Arabian people by fundamental Christians in the US, as well as US American soldiers in the eyes of the IS: Apocalypticism is alive.