Embodiments of Evil: Gog and Magog
Embodiments of Evil: Gog and Magog
Interdisciplinary Studies of the "Other" in Literature & Internet Texts
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Gog and Magog in Medieval and Early ModernWestern Tradition
Gog, Magog, Dogheads and other monstersin the Byzantine World
Dogfaces, Snake-tongues,and the Wall against Gog and Magog
Gog and Magog in Modern Garb
Is my firewall secure? Gog and Magog on the Internet
A note on Gog and Magog in Tashelhiyt Berber of South Morocco
Unfathomable Evil: The Presentation of Gog and Magog in Persian Literature
Gog and Magog in Contemporary Shiite Quran commentaries
Juja-Makjuja as the Antichrist in a Javanese End-of-Time Narrative
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Embodiments of Evil: Gog and Magog

Interdisciplinary Studies of the "Other" in Literature & Internet Texts

Gog and Magog, as archetypes of evil, have dwelt in our consciousness since their threatening appearance in the Bible and Quran. Maps, literature and texts ranging from Medieval Europe, the Byzantine and Arab world, in Berber, Persian and Indonesian traditions, to contemporary internet texts: all use these imaginary monstrous creatures. The figures are constantly reinterpreted as the enemies of order change. Gog and Magog have been represented with dog heads, snake tongues. On the covers of contemporary Arab apocalyptic literature they may be giants or half-humans.
This volume Embodiments of Evil: Gog and Magog reveals in eight essays the images of the ‘Other’ in genres ranging from contemporary folk religion on the internet to the rich literary heritage of Alexander romances.

Asghar Seyed-Gohrab

Ali-Asghar Seyed-Gohrab is Professor of Persian and Iranian Studies at Utrecht University in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He has published extensively on Persian literature, mysticism and religion. His publications range from Persian poetry to Sufism and the role of religious and mystical motifs and metaphors in Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) and how peaceful religious injunctions are used to justify violence. At the moment he is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the ERC-Advanced Grant entitled Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam , examining Islamic nonconformist movements.

Faustina Doufikar-Aerts

Faustina Doufikar-Aerts is researcher at the Leiden School of Middle Eastern Studies.

Sen McGlinn

S. McGlinn is an independent scholar who writes and translates in the fields of Bahai studies, Iranian studies and Islamic studies.