Abrahamic Political Theology: Violence as Apocalyptic Enunciation and Eschatological Sign

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Abstract

The hyphen, the crack between the Arab-Jew represents the mythos of the biblical Abrahamic: Isaac is offered as a sacrifice while Ishmael is offered to exile in a more general manner. Through this duplicity, Violence - name of the Abrahamic - is enunciated apocalyptically as an eschatological sign of the patriarchal ideology, a process of rupture: Abraham/Sarah/Isaac on the one side, and Abraham/Hagar/Ishmael on the other; the necessary Other. The patriarchal lineage bifurcates in two ways: on the one hand, a progeny that is founded on a legitimacy that is patriarchal, incestuous, and hyphenated by Isaac’s symbolic sacrifice, and a progeny that is a product of an alliance with a slave girl who has been donated for the purpose of wandering and guilty fertility. It encodes it in difference of meaning and violence of meaning.
The Qur´anic mythos of the Abrahamic, however, throws both Isaac and Ishmael - the Muslim and the Jew - outside all theologies of sacrifice and exile, but to submit them both to the all-powerful sovereignty of God: Abraham is a nation on his own, he is the father of no one and of everyone at the same time. The Abrahamic becomes a site of negotiation rather than negation, of ethnicities, tongues, and beliefs. Plurality in the Biblical text is inscribed into the name by prolongement, excrescence, circumcision of the heart: Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee (Genesis 17:5 KJV).
In this article, I shall investigate today´s Muslim - Jewish relations by examining how Jews and Muslim engage the Quranic and Biblical patriarchal narrative and ideology into a political theology of friendship and enmity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMyth, Metaphor, Magi(c) : consciousness, conSciences, spirituality
EditorsMaureen Phoebe Ellis
Number of pages25
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter13
Publication statusIn preparation - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Abrahamic/Islamic readings
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • enmity
  • friendship
  • Sovereignty
  • socio-political pantheism
  • Violence
  • Eschatology
  • Apokalypse
  • Mythos

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