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Peace and End Time Expectations in Christian Zionism: A Qualitative Analysis of Swedish Christian Zionist Movements
Malmö University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7509-9151
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 28, no 2, 117-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines how the hope for peace in the Middle East is articulated in Swedish Christian Zionist movements, both publicly and in private interviews with leaders and speakers. The article shows that Swedish Christian Zionist movements’ public lectures and sermons rarely address political issues as peace. However, they do reiterate favorable images of Jews and occasionally negative images of Muslims and Arabs. It is apparent in interviews that these leaders and speakers are pessimistic regarding peace in the Middle East. For them, it is not attainable, and, in some cases, it is described as transcendent. In some interviews, Islam, Muslims, and Arabs–in some cases specific Muslim actors–are depicted as inferior, violent, and obstacles to peace. The favorable images of Jews reoccur, and they are instrumentalized, albeit infrequently. Lastly, Christians are repeatedly discouraged to support peace, since it might be false, or to demand Israeli territorial concessions. 

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Oslo: Fagbokforlaget, 2015. Vol. 28, no 2, 117-136 p.
Keyword [en]
Peace, Middle East, Christian Zionism, apocalypse, philo-Semitism, anti-Semitism
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Sociology
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Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50204ISI: 000370752700002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84954531954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-50204DiVA: diva2:909231
Available from: 2016-03-04 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-08-11Bibliographically approved

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