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LUKAʿ B. LUKAʿ IN MUSLIM APOCALYPTIC TRADITIONS

OFER LIVNE-KAFRI
Quaderni di Studi Arabi
Nuova Serie, Vol. 1 (2006), pp. 49-53
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25802985
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Abstract

Lukaʿ (the vile, infamous, the contemptible) b. Lukaʿ, as reflected from his name, appears in Muslim apocalyptic literature as a wicked personality that will rule the world in the manner expected from the dajjāl or the sufyānī, which correspond to the antichrist figure in Christianity. Unlike them it appears very rarely. This note tries to find the meaning of that figure. In one tradition it is referred to as Abū Muslim al-Khurasānī, who headed the ʿAbbāsid revolution and as such it is part of the 'political' or 'historical' Apocalyptic traditions; it might related also in a way to some of the conditions that must precede the Last Day (ashrāṭ al-sāʿa) in which the normal order of society will be turned upside down. The meaning of Lukaʿ (an Arabic adj.) is brought from the Arabic dictionaries and there is also a suggestion to connect the word to non-Arabic Christian sources.

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