Beekeeping in the End Times (Paperback)

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Beekeeping in the End Times (Paperback)


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Every hundred years, as the story goes, two angels wonder out loud whether the bees are still swarming. For as long as the bees are swarming, the angels are reassured, the world holds together. Still, the tale suggests, the angels live in anxious anticipation of the End. Local beekeepers in Bosnia and Herzegovina retell the old tale with growing unease, as their honeybees weather the ground effects of climate change.

Beekeeping in the End Times relates extreme weather events and quieter disasters that have been altering honey ecologies across Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2014. While world-wide endangerment of pollinators, and bees in particular, has been the subject of much global concern, effects of climate change on the indispensable honeybees, remain understudied. Drawing on a five-year long study, the book suggests that local apiarists' field observations resonate with many climate biologists' concerns and speculations about the future of plant-bee relations on the warming planet. Local practice also adds to the record complex and puzzling trends that make honey scarce in otherwise lush, biodiverse landscapes.

To Bosnian Muslims, honeybees are more than pollinators. They are inspired beings whose honey is another form of divinely revelation. To appreciate the meaning of honeybees and to grasp the dire ecological catastrophe underway, Jasarevic reads contemporary environmental writings and Sufi texts, she listens to the seasoned beekeepers and collects local wisdom tales. From start to finish, Jasarevic pores over key Islamic texts, the Quran and the Hadith, and their popular retellings. The Islamic end-times lore, the book proposes, holds surprising lessons on how to live and strive in the 'not yet, ' stalling the apocalypse.

Larisa Jasarevic is an anthropologist, a fellow with the Independent Social Research Foundation, and a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. An independent scholar, Larisa lives and works by her apiary in northeastern Bosnia and has previously taught at the University of Chicago. She is author of Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: Intimate Debt.
Product Details ISBN: 9780253068125
ISBN-10: 0253068126
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 216
Language: English