Pirqe Mashiah: Jewish apocalypticism at the emergence of Islam

Vortragsreihe

24. Oktober 2019

Raum 07W04, Staatsbibliothek, Akademieflügel, Unter den Linden 8, 10117 Berlin

This talk will survey the different orthographic traditions used to render the Arabic language before the emergence of a single written standard in early Islamic times. By combining evidence from these sources, we can form a detailed, evidence-based picture of the history of Arabic in pre-Islamic times. Following this, we can understand the relationship, both diachronically and geographically, of the dialect represented in Qur'anic orthography.

Pirqe Mashiah: Jewish apocalypticism at the emergence of Islam
Pirqe Mashiah: Jewish apocalypticism at the emergence of Islam

Pirqe Mashiah is an apocalyptic midrash from Palestine (7th/8th centuries) and part of the so-called revival of Jewish apocalyptic literature in Late Antiquity when political events, including the Persian, Byzantine and Arab conquests, were regarded as a sign of the messianic era and the coming age. Pirqe Mashiah is a compilation of eschatological teachings that is supplemented with historical allusions to demonstrate that the major political changes under Arab rule from the seventh century onwards are a sign of the apocalyptic end of time. The portrayal of the “other” in Pirqe Mashiah raises important questions about the development of Jewish apocalyptic beliefs both in terms of the traditions that it preserves, but also how these motifs and concepts are developed in light of the contemporary political situation from the seventh century onwards and what this suggests about relations with the “other” at this formative period.

 

 

Registration until 21 October 2019 at: chbohm@bbaw.de

 

Introduction
Michael Marx
BBAW

 

Pirqe Mashiaḥ  
Jewish apocalypticism at the
emergence of Islam

Helen Spurling
University of Southhampton

 

Admission free. Registration required.

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