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David B. Cook
Professor of Religion
  • B.A. (1994) Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • M.A. (1998) University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. (2001) University of Chicago
Primary Department
   Department of Religion
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Department Affiliations
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
  • Transnational Asian Studies
    Research Areas
     Islamic History, Muslim apocalyptic literature and movements,historical astronomy, Judeo-Arabic philosophy, history of the Crusades
    Mystical Radical Islam/Contemporary Shi`ite Apocalyptic Literature

    I am currently working on two major projects: Mystical Radical Islam (an exploration of the magical and mystical religious transformation current in radical Islamic takfiri movements), and Contemporary Shi`ite apocalyptic literature (from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon).

    Teaching Areas
     Islamic History, religious development
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    David Cook "Cook, ISIS and the Caliphate: a Review Article of Michael Cook's Ancient Religions, Modern Politics." Bustan, 6 (2015) : 1-14.


    “Boko Haram: A New Islamic State in Nigeria” "Baker Institute Papers."


    David Cook "Islamism and Jihadism: The Transformation of Classical Notions of Jihad into an Ideology of Terrorism, Totalitarian Religions and Political Religions 10 (2009), pp. 177-88 ." 


    David Cook "“Is Religious Extremism and Terrorism Spreading in Central Africa?” N." ew York Times (April 20, 2014),


    Cook, David "Apocalyptic," Oxford Handbook on Religion and Violence." Submitted


    Cook, David "Dajjal," Encyclopedia of Islam, 3." In Press


    Cook, David "Jihad," SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism." In Press


    eds., Cook, David and Cobb, Paul "Were the Ismaili Assassins the First Suicide Attackers?" festschrift for Fred Donner, Leiden: Brill." In Press


    David Cook "Jihad, Sharia, jizya, dhimmi, Muhammad, Islam, eschatology of, Sufism, Mevlevi Order in The Baker Dictionary of Religions (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009)." In Press


    The Ashab al-ukhdud: Hadith and History in a Martyrological Narrative, in
    Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 34 (2009), pp. 125-48

     Apostasy in Islam
     ¿Apostasy from Islam," Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 31 (2007)

    David Cook "al-Barzanji and the Apocalyptic Atmosphere of 1665-6." Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam (2007) Submitted


    David Cook "Women fighting in Jihad?." Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 38 (2005) : 375-84.


    "al-Barzanji and the Apocalyptic Atmosphere of 1075/1666." Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and IslamSubmitted


    David Cook "Apostacy from Islam." Jersusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 26: 35.Submitted


    "Comets and Meteors in the Muslim World." Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures


    Cook, D., Cook, D. "Implications of "Martyrdom Operations" for Contemporary Islam." Journal of Religious Ethics, 32 (2004) : 129-51.In Press


    David Cook "The Syrian Muslim Apocalyptic Tradition." Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017 (2017) Unknown


    David Cook "The Syrian Muslim Apocalyptic Tradition." Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017Unknown


    David Cook "The Syrain Muslim Apocalyptic Heritage: The Kitab al-fitan of Nu`aym b. Hammad al-Marwazi." In Press


    David Cook "Understanding Jihad, second edition."  (2015)


    David Cook "Martyrdom in Islam."  (2007)


    David Cook and Olivia Allison "Understanding and Addressing Suicide Attacks."  (2007)


    David Cook "Martyrdom in Islam."  (2007) In Press


    David Cook and Olivia Allison "The Faith and Politics of Martyrdom Operations."  (2007) In Press


    David Cook "Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature,."  (2005) : 272.


    David Cook "Understanding Jihad."  (2005) : 259.


    David Cook "Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." : 435.In Press


    Cook, D. "Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic."  (2002) : 470.


    Cook, D. "Classical Muslim Apocalyptic." 


    David Cook "The Hour shall not arrive until... Studies in Classical Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." 

     Editor of books

    Abdulbasit Kassim, Michael Nwankpa and David Cook "Nigerian Preachers to West African Islamic State: A Boko Haram Reader." Submitted


    David Cook "Jihad and Martyrdom in Islam (London: Routledge, 2009) (4 vols)." 


    David Cook "When Jihad Fails." Submitted

     Book chapters

    Christopher Moreman "Routledge Companion to Death and Dying." New York: Rougledge (2017) : 132-46.Unknown


    David Thomas "Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Christian Relations." New York: Routledge (2017) : 57-66.Unknown


    Herbert Berg "Routledge Handbook on Early Islam." New York: Routledge (2017) Unknown


    Herbert Berg "Routledge Handbook on Early Islam." New York: Routledge (2017) : 25-36.Unknown


    Thomas Hegghammer "Jihadi Culture." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2017) Unknown


    Thomas Hegghammer "Jihadi Culture." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2017) : 151-70.Unknown


    David Cook "Islamist Terrorism from the Muslim Brotherhood to Hamas." Routledge History of Terrorism: 270-83.


    David Cook "The Image of the Turk in Classical and Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." Peoples of the End-Time (2016) : 235-45.


    David Cook "“Islamist Terrorism from the Muslim Brotherhood to Hamas,” ." in Randall Law (ed.), Routledge History of Terrorism (2014) : 271-83.


    David Cook "“Ismaili Assassins as Early Terrorists?” in Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism (on-line), ."


    David Cook "Dreaming of Paradise: Seeing the Hidden God in Islam." 


    David Cook "Jesus' Return in Islam." 


    Claudia Dietze (ed), Oxford Handbook for the History of Terrorism


    Margo Kitts (ed), Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence


    Randall Law (ed), Routledge History of Terrorism


    Abu Musa`b al-Suri and Abu Musa`b al-Zarqawi: The Apocalyptic Theorist and the Apocalyptic Practitioner, in David Marni (ed), The Apocalyptic Complex


    Classical Muslim Apocalyptic Movements in Cathy Wessinger (ed), The Oxford Handbook on Millennialism


    David Cook "Fighting to Create the Just State, in Soheil Hashmi (ed), Just War and Jihad." Submitted


    David Cook "Sharia in Muslim Africa, in Elias Bongmba (ed), A Companion to African Religions." Submitted


    David Cook "Waiting for the Twelfth Imam: Contemporary Apocalyptic Shi`ite Literature and Speculation in Iran and Lebanon in Ulrike Martenson (ed), Fundamentalism, Globalization and the Public Sphere." In Press


    Why did Muhammad attack the Byzantines? A Re-examination of Qur'an 30:1-2, in Joseph Skelly (ed), Political Islam from Muhammad to Ahmadenejad (Praeger: Westwood, 2009), pp. 48-59 


    David Cook "Classical Muslim Apocalyptic Movements." The Oxford Handbook on MillennialismSubmitted


    David Cook "Syria During Late Antiquity and Early Islam." In Press

     The Encounter of Oriental Christianity with Islam
     Blackwell Companion to Late Antiquity
     War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth

    "The Role of Islam a Motivating Factor in Usama b. Ladin's Appeal within the Muslim World." Mcgraw-Hill Handbook for Public Security: 20.Submitted

     Book reviews

    David Cook "Review of Dominic Janes and Alex Houen (eds), Martyrdom and Terrorism: Pre-Modern to Contemporary Perspectives. ." Submitted


    David Cook "Review of Will McCants, The ISIS Apocalypse." Submitted


    David Cook "Review article of Robert Pape, Dying to Win." Journal of Strategic StudiesIn Press


    David Cook "Review of Yehuda Nevo and Judith Koren: Crossroads to Islam." Middle East Quarterly


    "Review of Mia Bloom, Dying to Kill." The HistorianSubmitted


    David Cook "Review of Geoffrey Regan's "First Crusader"." International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 36 (2004) : 689-90.

     Refereed conference papers

    David Cook "The Ashab al-Ukhdud." Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and IslamSubmitted


    David Cook "Donkey (eschatological aspects)." 


    David Cook "Ghazw." 


    David Cook "Yajuj wa-Majuj." 


    David Cook "Apocalypse, A`raf." Encyclopedia of Islam, third editionIn Press


    David Cook "Jehad." Encyclopedia IranicaIn Press


    David Cook "Jihad, sharia, jizya, dhimmi, Muhammad, Islam." Baker Encyclopedia of ReligionsSubmitted


    David Cook "Martyrdom." Encyclopedia of Sex and GenderSubmitted


    David Cook "War and Peace." Encyclopedia of Legal HistorySubmitted


    Cook, D. "Review of James Reinhart, 'Revolution and the Millenium'." Middle East Quarterly, 5:3 (1999) : 91.


    Cook, D. B. "America, the Second ?Ad: The Perception of the United States in Modern Muslim apocalyptic literature." Yale Center for International and Area Studies Publications., 5 (2002) : 150-93.


    Cook, D. B. "An Early Muslim Daniel Apocalypse." Arabica, 49 (2002) : 55-96.


    Cook, D. B. "Review of Ahmed Rashid, 'Jihad: The Rise of Radical Islam in Central Asia'." Church and State


    Cook, D. B. "Suicide Attacks or Martyrdom Operations in Contemporary Jihad Literature." Nova Religio, 6 (2002)


    David Cook "?Hadith, Authority and the End of the World: Traditions in Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." Oriente Moderno, 21 (n.s.) (2001) : 1-22.


    David Cook "A Survey of Muslim Materials concerning Comets and Meteorites." Journal for the History of Astronomy, 30 (1999) : 131-60.


    David Cook "Muslim apocalyptic and jihad." Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 20 (1996) : 66-104.


    David Cook "Muslim fears of the Year 2000." Middle East Quarterly, 5 (June, 1998) : 51-62.


    David Cook "Muslim messianic movements and astronomical phenomena." Revue du Monde Musulmane et de la Mediterranee, 91-94 (2001) : 29-51.


    David Cook "Tamim al-Dari." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 61 (1998) : 20-28.


    David Cook "The Apocalyptic year 200/815-16." Apocalyptic Time (2000) : 41-68.


    David Cook "The Prophet Muhammad, Labid al-Yahudi and the commentaries to sura 113." Journal of Semitic Studies, 43 (2000) : 321-43.


    David Cook "Two Christian Texts of Liberation from the middle Ottoman Period." Oriens Christianus, 84 (2000) : 70-80.

     Conference Paper

    ""Topgraphical Eschatology and the Haram al-Sharif" at Harvard Law School." (Nov. 28, 2017)


    "Monks to Muslims, a trope in early Islam." (Jan 5, 2016)


    "Testing Paul Alexander: Can Apocalypse be used as History?." (April 6, 2016)


    "The Routinization of Martyrdom Operations." (Nov. 24, 2016)

     Invited Papers

    "Failure in Jihad: Towards a Paradigm." (Aug 31)


    "Jesus in Islam, and the State of Western Studies of Islam." (Feb. Mar )


    ""Jihad in Contemporary Islam," Canberra, Australia.." (12/06/2011)


    ""The Collapse of the Religious Support for Radical Islam since Sept. 11, 2001," National Defense University, Washington DC.." (12/12/2011)


    ""Trends in Contemporary Radical Islamic Apocalyptic Predictions," Johann-Karl Goethe University, Frankfurt.." (06/28/2011)


    ""Virtual Martyrdom," Norwegian Defense Research, Oslo.." (06/30/2011)


    "Abu Musa`b al-Suri and Abu Musa`b al-Zarqawi: the apocalyptic theorist and the apocalyptic practitioner." Apocalyptic Complex, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. (Dec. 7-8, 2007)


    "Ismaili Assassins as the first suicide attackers." Sanctified Violence, University of Minnesota. (Oct. 6-8, 2007)


    "The Antichrist in Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." Symposium on the antichrist, University of Freibourg, Switzerland. (Oct. 5, 2007)


    "Raiders and Rulers: Umayyad Expansionism in the Mediterranean Basin." Oxford University, Oxford. (Oct. 17, 2006)


    "The Ashab al-ukhdud: Hadith and History in a Martyrological Narrative." Jahiliyya to Islam conference, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. (July 7, 2006)


    "Martyrdom operations." Baker Institute, Rice. (Oct. 11)


    "Muslim Apocalyptic Literature and Themes." Endzeiten¿politische und gesellschaftliche Implikationen universaleschatologischer Vorstellungen in den drei monotheistischen Weltreligionen (5. bis 16. Jahrhundert), Frankfurt. (March 31-April 3)


    "Muslim Man's Burden." Postcolonial theory and Said, Case Western University, Cleveland.


    "Daniel 9:24-29 in Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." Center for Millennial Studies, Andover-Newton Theological Seminary, Boston. (Nov. 10)


    "New Testament Citations in Muslim Ascetic Literature and the Position of Jesus in Early Islam." The Encounter of Oriental Christianity with Early Islam, University of Erfurt, Germany. (June 7, 2003)


    "Suicide and Martyrdom in Contemporary Islam." John Jay College for Criminal Law, New York. (Jan. 24)

     Invited Talks

    "Is Boko Haram an Apicalyptic Movement?." (Feb. 16, 2016)


    "Apocalyptic Thought in Islam at the City University of New York."


    "Radical Islam (Science Po, University of Paris)." (June 2, 2009)


    "contemporary Islam." AIPAC, Washington DC. (March 11)


    "martyrdom in Islam." State Department, Washington DC. (April 30)


    "radicalism and the internet." Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Athens, Greece.


    "world Islam." Worldwise, Houston. (Oct. 1-2)


    "Muslim jihad and martyrdom operations." Oberlin college, Oberlin. (Oct. 31)


    "Islamic Fundamentalism, Islamism and Wahhabism." Anti-Discrimination League annual conference, Houston. (Feb. 29, 2004)


    "Contemporary Takfir (State Department)." (Oct. 14, 2009)


    "Maimonides the traveler (Jewish Community Center, Houston)." (Oct. 28, 2009)


    "jihad and martyrdom (PISAP)." (Oct. 6, 2009)


    "Faith and Fornication." Islamic Tradition in the Contemporary World, Harvard University. (Nov. 4-5, 2007)


    "Martyrdom in Islam." Georgetown University, Nov. 14.


    "Muslim Apocalyptic." University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg Miss. (March 5-6)


    "Text and Apocalyptic in the Qur'anic account of Yajuj and Majuj." American academy of Religions, San Diego. (Nov. 18, 2007)


    "Uzbekistan and Central Asia." Houston World Affairs Council, Houston. (Oct. 20)


    "martyrdom." centra, Washington DC. (Feb. 9)


    "Is Jihad Violence?." Scientia, Rice University. (Nov. 16, 2004)


    "The Muslim Aspirations to Conquer Constantinople in Apocalyptic Literature during the Seventh and Eighth Centuries." American Historical Association, Washington, D.C.. (Jan. 12)


    "teaching on Islam, delivering the Earl D. Rademacher lectures." Oregon Theological Seminary, Salem, OR. (Jan. 2-4, 2003)


    "A Re-Interpretation of the Beginnings of Islam in Umayyad Syria." Fourth Annual Center for Millennial Studies Conference, Boston University. (Oct. 28, 2000)


    "Evidence for intercultural contact: Early Muslim translations of the Gospel of Matthew." Byzantine Studies Workshop, University of Chicago. (Jan. 23, 2001)


    "Gospel Material in Arabic and the Position of Jesus in Early Islam." Center for Medieval Studies, Rice University, Rice University. (Sept. 21, 2001)


    "Jerusalem in Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Beliefs." Second Annual Center for Millennial Studies Conference, Boston University. (Nov. 5, 1997)


    "Jerusalem, Modern Muslim Apocalyptic and the Year 2000." The Jerusalem Center for Israel Studies, Jerusalem. (June 21, 1999)


    "Jihad and Martyrdom Operations as Apocalyptic Events." Fifth Annual Center for Millennial Studies Conference, Boston University. (Nov. 3, 2001)


    "Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Beliefs." Hebrew College, Boston, MA. (Mar. 14, 1997)


    "Muslim Calculations: Dating the End using Exact Dates and Gematria." Third Annual Center for Millennial Studies Conference, Boston University. (Dec. 7, 1998)


    "Muslim apocalyptic Writers and Christian Evangelicals: The Internet Connection." Fifth Annual Center for Millennial Studies Conference, Boston University. (Nov. 5, 2001)


    "The Apocalyptic Year 200/815-16 ." First Annual Center for Millennial Studies Conference , Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. (Feb. 21, 1996)


    "The Apocalyptic Year 300/912-13." Middle East Studies Association, Chicago. (Dec. 6, 1998)


    "The Fall of Constantinople in Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." The Byzantine Workshop of the University of Chicago, University of Chicago. (Jan. 8, 1999)


    "The United States in Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Literature." Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University. (Dec. 8, 2000)

    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Studies in Islamic Apocalyptism and Eschatology . Edinburgh University Press. (2014 - 2014)

     Series Editor, Apocalyptic and Eschatology in Islam. Edinburgh University Press. (2013 - 2013)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements, Society for the Scientific Study of Religions (Oct. 27)

     Jan. 24, 2002 Meeting with Kirghiz religious leaders, State Department

     April 29 meeting with Indonesian, Philippine and Malaysian religious and educational leaders, State Department