Apocalypse: The Arabia Apocalypse
The apocalypse myth is a commonality in the human cultural collective – the idea of a catastrophe which marks the end of the world as we humans know it. Deviating from the common idea of apocalypse, the term may also be interpreted as the end of an old world and the birth of a new. Apocalypse designates a failure on the part of humanity and indicates that higher powers are intervening to end such failure. Realistically, apocalypse is a grand representation of the human obsession with death and resurrection. Through the utilization of fantastical creatures and detailed symbols, apocalyptic writers nourish the human desire to confront the “end’ or death. Our reality as a human culture today is closely related with apocalypse, as seen in events such as the Holocaust, Genocide in Rwanda, heat death, and the potential for nuclear war. The Arabia (Muslim) apocalypse myth developed from the shambles of the Mediterranean in the 600s C.E. and affects our modern culture today.
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The Islamic religion began in an age of conflict, imperial battles, and devastating wars. Apocalypse was one of the post popular genres during this time for Arabia, given that its people were caught in the midst of tremendous destruction. In his study on Islam at Emory University, Gordon D. Newby notes the following historical account:
From well before the birth of Muhammad in 570 C.E. through the beginning of Islam in 610 C.E. to 628 C.E., the Roman (Byzantine) and Persian (Sassanian) empires waged inconclusive and devastating wars throughout the eastern Mediterranean world. All of Arabia was caught up in the conflict as Arabs were camel cavalry for both sides and were subjects of imperial ideologies and religious proselytization (para.