Dabiq issue 15, specific notes part 1, Crucifixion

[ by Charles Cameron — first of two parts of an essay on Dabiq‘s attack on Christian doctrines ] . ** I have written a two part essay examining the latest issue of ISIS’ Dabiq magazine, which is essentially an attack on Christianity and invitation ot Islam. The first part, dealing mostly with the Crucifixion, […] Read more »

Fake and authentic Dabiq #15s

[ by Charles Cameron — noting a further IS propaganda effort to frame its terror as a war against Christendom ] . Fake Dabiq 15: Fake version/s of #SIS English mag, #Dabiq 15, are circulated on twitter. Not 1st time bogus #ISIS/ #AQ mags surface pic.twitter.com/yYUK0Bc71T — Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) June 9, 2016 Clicking through […] Read more »

Apocalpyse, not!

[ by Charles Cameron — in using the word apocalyptic to describe mundane (or zombied) disturbances such as Brexit, we lose sight of the beauty and mystery it conceals & reveals ] . In fact, not so much as a whiff of fresh napalm in the morning. Tim Furnish has been on a mini-crusade recently […] Read more »

On the horrors of apocalyptic warfare, 1: its sheer intensity

[ by Charles Cameron — first in a series of four posts on the central theme of a proposed book ] . In a previous post, I introduced my work on a book proposal concerning Coronation: The Magic and Romance of Monarchy. The second book proposal I’ve put together, which is also currently in the […] Read more »

On the horrors of apocalyptic warfare, 2: to spark a messianic fire

[ by Charles Cameron — it’s what we won’t notice that can blindside us ] . al-Malhamah al-Kubra, the great end-times battle ** To recapitulate: in my previous post I suggested that “apocalyptic, end-of-days” movements are qualitatively different by virtue of the immediacy of their divine / transcendant mandate. Richard Landes sums the matter up […] Read more »

Juxtaposition: Christian and Islamic apocalypticisms

[ by Charles Cameron — being the revised version of the second part of my previous post ] . In an earlier post, rightly critiqued by evangelical pastor-writer-filmmaker Joel Richardson, I conflated Christian and Islamic “divine law movements” with Christian and Islamic “apocalyptic movements”. They are, as Joel pointed out, not the same, though perhaps […] Read more »

Quick notes pending review

[ by Charles Cameron — slowed down by health issues, but getting there slowly ] . A quick announcement from Tim Furnish: The second of my complementary volumes on Islam and Islamic world issues is finally up on Amazon, albeit at this point only in Kindle format. Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate: 10 Years of […] Read more »

Our ZP blog-friends on the Iran deal

[ by Charles Cameron — waiting for the other shoe to drop — or be thrown, i suppose — or if a sandal, for the sand to be shaken off it if need be ] . #Iran, a state whose rulers practice #taqiyya (lying to non-Muslims), inspecting its own nuke sites? http://t.co/J1PHE0MoLD How very stupid. […] Read more »

A very bright future

[ by Charles Cameron — an Ahmadinejad revival, and if so a reference to note? ] . It could be no more than an artifact of translation, but there’s a phrase in this account of a possible Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comeback that catches my attention: “God willing, victory and a very bright future awaits us. However, […] Read more »

Two new collections from Tim Furnish, plus two

[ by Charles Cameron — a chance to have Tim Furnish’s recent writings in book form, plus a couple of recent apocalyptic issues bcoz apocalypse hasn’t gone away, oh no ] . Friend, blog friend and colleague Dr Tim Furnish recently tweeted: I have two new books coming out this fall: one on #Islam & […] Read more »