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Islam's Jesus$
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Zeki Saritoprak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049403

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049403.001.0001

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Islamic Eschatology and Jesus as a Sign of the Hour

Islamic Eschatology and Jesus as a Sign of the Hour

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(p.38) Three Islamic Eschatology and Jesus as a Sign of the Hour
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Islam's Jesus
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Zeki Saritoprak

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049403.003.0003

This chapter examines Islamic eschatology by considering two theological issues: the knowledge of future events in Islam and whether or not the future is known by anyone other than God. The chapter elaborates on the many signs of the Hour that take place in the Hadith literature. Because Jesus's descent is among the great signs of the Hour, a special emphasis is given to this aspect of His role in Islamic eschatology. Unlike the previous chapters, which deal almost exclusively with the Qur’an, this chapter begins an examination of Hadith literature, the main source for Islam's understanding of the descent of Jesus. There are both inauthentic and reliable Hadith which deal with eschatological themes, and both kinds are explored here. Chapter 3 also gives an account of major trends in the interpretation of prophetic sayings.

Keywords:   Islamic eschatology, eschatology, the Hour, Jesus, descent, Qur’an, Hadith, signs

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