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Palgrave Macmillan

Apocalyptic Movements in Contemporary Politics

Christian and Jewish Zionism

ISBN 9780230280410
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Carlo Aldrovandi presents an original analysis of Israeli Religious Zionism and US Christian Zionism by focusing on the messianic and millenarian drives that form the basis of their political mobilization towards a 'Jewish colonization' of the Occupied Territories. The religious–political engagement of these two prominent religious movements represent a still under-researched aspect that is, at present, paramount to address for its repercussions on the highly volatile Israeli–Palestinian issue, the wider Middle East and the interfaith relations between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This study would be of interest to scholars, diplomats and practitioners as it examines the interplay between modern religion and politics in a part of the world where myths about the end of the world have often bent reality.

Carlo Aldrovandi is Assistant Professor in International Peace Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His current research interests lie at the interface of religion, international relations, human rights and peace studies.

1. Meaning at the End
2. Millenarianism, Messianism and Absolute Politics
3. Jewish Religious Zionism
4. US Christian Zionism
5. Cultural Apocalypse
6. Conclusion: Two Parallel Lines


"Carlo Aldrovandi's contribution to the comparative study of Israeli religious Zionism and US evangelical Zionism is substantial. His solid research sheds new lights on the dialectics between messianic expectations, millenarian tensions and militant mobilization. He helps us understand the paradox of "absolute politics", when non-Jewish Zionism can become more radical than the Jewish one"
- Jean-Pierre Filiu, Professor of Middle East Studies, Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs, France
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