Abstract and Keywords
This chapter offers a wide-ranging survey of the principal ideas in the Qur’an concerning ‘the last things’ or ‘eschatology’. The focus here will be on the powerful imagery that the Qur’an employs in its portrayal of such things as the signs which herald the ‘Hour’ or the ‘End of Time’, namely the apocalyptic cessation of this world and the end of life on earth; the resurrection and judgement of the dead and their attendant reward or punishment in the afterlife; and the reign of God’s eternal kingdom in a world-to-come. Emphasis will also be placed on the manner in which these key Qur’anic eschatological themes are approached in contemporary scholarship.
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