A Feeble Folk to Whom No Concern is Accorded

By: Bronislav Ostransky  

This paper provides the listener with a quite different perspective on the apocalyptic visions of ISIS than usual. “A Feeble Folk to whom no Concern is Accorded” (this enigmatic title is a borrowed quotation from an apocalyptic prophecy recorded by sheikh Nuʽaym ibn Hammad al-Marwazi in his famous Kitāb al-Fitan / the Book of Apocalyptic Tribulations) discusses, above all, how the activities of ISIS are placed into an apocalyptic context by their Muslim opponents. This paper elaborates pivotal Sunni patterns as well as particular examples of such a fighting against the ISIS propaganda “in eschatological terms.”

ISIS, Millennialism Extremism
The Politics of Religion
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Bronislav Ostransky

Research Fellow, Deputy Director, The Department of Middle East, The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Czech Republic

I am a research fellow at the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. I graduated from Charles University, Prague, specializing in the Arabic language and the history and culture of Islamic countries (Ph.D. in 2005). My research focuses mainly on medieval Islamic thought, especially mysticism (Sufism). I am author and co-author of several monographs devoted to Islamic society and a number of translations from Arabic into Czech. Currently, I am preparing a scholarly monograph focused on the sources, context and instrumentalization of the ISIS apoalyptic propaganda.