From Medieval Utopia to Modern Dystopia

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The rich vocabulary of medieval Islamic apocalyptic and eschatological compilations is familiar to modern Arab writers, yet influenced by modern western utopic/dystopic literature, their own novels have marked a turning point in Arabic literary production. A condensed account of the medieval work serves as a launch pad to the first section of this contribution, followed by an account of contemporary Arabic belles-lettres (including science fiction) and its gloomy portrayal of impending doom.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Utopianism
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Utopianism
VolumePart F2458
ISSN (Print)2946-4471
ISSN (Electronic)2946-448X

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024.


  • Eschatology
  • Fitna (fitan)
  • Mahdism
  • Mujaddid
  • Resurrection (al-qiyāma)
  • Utopia/Dystopia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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