chapter  5
A Turkish Mahdi? Apocalypticism in Harun Yahya’s Da‛wah Enterprise
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One aspect of religion in late modernity is, arguably, that the production and dissemination of religious knowledge is increasingly taking place outside traditional sites of authority. The burgeoning of new media, in particular the Internet, offers expanded opportunities for those striving to establish themselves as religious authorities. Several scholars have pointed to the emergence of a new sense of public space in the Muslim world, with increasingly open and accessible forms of communication.1 The Turkish author Harun Yahya is one of many contemporary popular Muslim authors who – to borrow Peter Mandaville’s expression2 – is seeking to capture ‘market shares’ in the contemporary marketplace for Islamic tabligh and da‘wah.3