What is it about?

İbrahim Karataş' study aims to reveal how ISIS exploits apocalyptic prophecies stated in the Qur’an and hadiths to find new recruits and legitimize its ideology.

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Why is it important?

While there are many studies about ISIS, few or none of them analyzed how the movement deceived people with apocalyptic ideas, which need to be considered during an examination of the conflicts in the Middle East, where states (e.g., Israel) or regimes (e.g., Iran) are founded on the basis of apocalyptic prophecies. ISIS was another trial that failed.


ISIS used eschatology to persuade Muslim youth to immigrate to its so-called lands and fight for its lofty cause. The terrorist group tried to realize this goal mainly by reinterpreting prophetic promises of Islam for its ends in the media. The analysis shows that ISIS did not serve religion but benefited its radical ideology. However, time has shown that ISIS’s brutal cause was far from the Islamic faith, as none of ISIS’s apocalyptic prophecies came true.

EiC Journal of college of Sharia and Islamic Studies Qatar University

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This page is a summary of: The Role of Apocalyptic Prophecies in ISIS Terrorism, Journal of College of Sharia & Islamic Studies, June 2021, Qatar University, DOI: 10.29117/jcsis.2021.0292.
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