The Apocalyptic Other:
Millennial Views of Unbelievers Among Christians, Jews and Muslims


November 2-4
Boston University
George Sherman Union
Terrace Lounge



Sunday, November 2-Historical

Session 1: Early Christianity (9:00-10:45)

Session 2: Medieval Europe (11:00-1:00)

Andrew Gow (University of Alberta):
Jewish Shock-Troops of the Apocalypse:
The Oriental Other and the End of European Culture

Felicitas Schmieder (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet):
The Mongols as Non-Believing Apocalyptic Friends Around the Year1260?

Steven J. McMichael (St. Louis University):
The Arrival of the Antichrist, the Final Conversion of the Jews,
and the End of the World in 15th Century Franciscan Thought

Lunch and Keynote Speaker (1:15-2:45)

Moshe Idel (Hebrew University):
Messiahs as Magicians

Session 3: Nineteenth Century Developments (3:00-5:00)

Cathy Gutierrez (Syracuse University):
The "Other" Chosen People: Early Mormon Identity and the Jews

Timothy Marr (Yale University):
Locusts From The Bottomless Pit: Islamic Orientalism and Protestant Eschatology

Grant Underwood (BYUH):
Mormons, Jews and Gentiles or Latter-day Gentiles: Mormon Views of the Other

Kenneth G. C. Newport (Liverpool Hope University College):
"A Lamb-Like Beast": Revelation 13:11-12 in Millennial Exegesis

Monday, November 3-Contemporary

Session 1: Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic (9:00-10:45)

Reuven Snir (University of Haifa):
Apocalyptic Time in Modern Arabic Literature

Muhammad Umar (Arizona State University):
Muslims' Eschatological Discourses on Colonialism in Northern Nigeria

David Damrel (Arizona State University):
Apocalyptic Themes of Islamic Mysticism in the New World:
the Naqshbandi Haqqani Order

Session 2: 20th Century Apocalyptic (11:00-1:00)

Jennifer Snow (Center For Millennial Studies):
The Many Threats to Jehovah's Kingdom:
Jehovah's Witnesses as an Example of Millenarian Paranoia

Eugene Clay (Arizona State University):
Apocalypticism in the Russian Borderlands: Innokentii and His Moldovan Followers

Robert Ensign (Morris Brown College):
As It Was In The Beginning...Henry Morris and Charles Darwin as Rival Apocalypticists

Greg Clarke (University of Sydney):
Modern Literary Apocalypse: Patrick White's Faithful Unbelievers at the End of Time

Lunch (1:00-2:50)

Session 3: 20th Century Apocalyptic (3:00-5:00)

Rodney Peterson (Boston Theological Institute):
The Two Witnesses of the Apocalypse: A Burden for the Church

Robert G. Howard (University of Oregon):
Attitudes Toward the Tragic:
A Not-So-Horribly Biased Approach to the Heaven's Gate Email Campaign

Robert Luke (Queen's University):
A Tabloid Study of Reaganomics and the Profits of Corporate Christianity or,
Whose Apocalypse? When?

Banquet (5:30)

Tuesday, November 4-Roundtable Panels

9:00-10:20 Jerusalem and the Year 2000:

Marty Peretz, chair (The New Republic)
Stephen O'Leary (U. of So. California)
Rabbi Leon Klenicki (Anti-Defamation League)
Jay Gary (Talk 2000)
David Cook (U. of Chicago)
Gershom Gorenberg (Jerusalem Report)

10:30-12:00 The World and the Year 2000:

Damian Thompson (BBC)
Robert Kisala (Nanzan Institute)
Hillel Schwartz (Millennium Institute)
David Rapoport (UCLA)
Charles Cameron (Independent Scholar)

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:10-2:45 United States and the Year 2000:

Charles Strozier, chair (John Jay College)
Lee Quinby (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
Michael Barkun (Syracuse University)
Jeffrey Kaplan (Ilisagvik College)
Ted Daniels (Millennium Watch Institute)

3:00-5:00 A Paranoid Apocalypse: US Conspiracy Theories and the Year 2000:

Chip Berlet (Political Research Associates)
Chris Smith (U. of Wisconsin)
Brenda Brasher (Mt. Union College)
Philip Lamy (Castleton College)
Daniel Pipes (Middle East Quarterly)

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