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The apocalyptic vision is meant to prove that the Muslim conquests were predestined and that they are truly the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy about Ishmael's offspring. Then, by showing that the religion of Islam was a subsequent development whose contingency is found in the combination of alleged reverberations of Christian preaching with doctrines and rituals that are seen as concessions to an audience of pagan people, the Legend disentangles and ultimately separates Islam's might from its religion. The Muslim view on heaven, Qur'anic verses which support Christianity, the justification of the imposition of dhimma-all these issues had already been employed as elements of Christian apologetic. The rule of the 'Abbasids did not end after the 'seventh Hashimite ruler'.

Keywords: Biblical prophecy; Ishmael's offspring; Muslim conquests



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