BISR: Suzanne Schneider presents "The Apocalypse and the End of History"

September 9, 2021, 7:00 PM

Suzanne Schneider joins fellow Brooklyn Institute for Social Research faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Patrick Blanchfield, and The Intercept journalist Murtaza Hussain for a launch of her new book The Apocalypse and the End of History. This virtual event is presented in partnership with our friends at Verso Books, and will be hosted on Facebook Live by BISR. Register here.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of The Apocalypse and the End of History, you can do so using the link below.

How does the phenomenon of modern Jihad echo the crises of Western liberalism? In her new book The Apocalypse and the End of History: Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism (Verso), BISR core faculty and deputy director Suzanne Schneider argues that contemporary Jihad, far from being a medieval holdover, in fact bears a striking resemblance to the reactionary political formations and acts of spectacular violence that are upending life in Western democracies. From authoritarian populism to mass shootings, xenophobic nationalism, and the allure of conspiratorial thinking, modern Jihad seems to be less the antithesis of western neoliberalism, and more a dark reflection of its inner logic.

Join us, Thursday, September 9th, as Schneider welcomes fellow faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Patrick Blanchfield, and The Intercept journalist Murtaza Hussain for a wide-ranging discussion of the relationship between modern Jihad and neoliberal crisis and the conditions that have brought both to the fore. What is the nature of modern Jihad, and how can it be understood in the context of contemporary geopolitical, economic, and ideological trends? Why, for Schneider, do Jihad and neoliberalism represent two variants of a politics of failure: the inability to imagine a better life here on earth?

The Apocalypse and the End of History is free to attend and will stream live to the BISR public Facebook page. To receive any updates and a reminder, please RSVP here.

Suzanne Schneider is Deputy Director and Core Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, specializing in political theory and history of the modern Middle East. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine, and her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, n+1, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy, among other outlets.