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Passing OrdersDemonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare$
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S. Jonathon O'Donnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823289677

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823289677.001.0001

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The Islamic Antichrist: An Eschatology of Blowback

The Islamic Antichrist: An Eschatology of Blowback

(p.81) 3 The Islamic Antichrist: An Eschatology of Blowback
Passing Orders

S. Jonathon O’Donnell

Fordham University Press

This chapter interrogates apocalyptic depictions of Islam in spiritual warfare that have grown during the War on Terror, focusing on the Islamic Antichrist as both an individual figure and a corporate framing of “Islam” broadly. It contends that the chimerical figure of “Islam” comes to represent an inverted mirror of America’s messianic imperialism, both reflecting its attributes and resulting from its actions. It charts these demonologies’ underlying structures of Islamophobia and antiblackness, as granting religious justification to domestic and transnational structures of imperial extraction, carceral violence, and militarization. Deconstructing demonologies of taqiyya and political blowback, it reveals the Islamic Antichrist as a spirit of colonial mimicry and anticolonial and antiracist violence, which threatens the ontotheological structures of white Christian nationalism by articulating a demand for both reckoning and reparation.

Keywords:   antiblackness, anticolonial violence, colonial mimicry, Islamic Antichrist, Islamophobia, messianic imperialism, taqiyya, war on terror

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