EXPANSION OR CONTRACTION OF THE PROPHETIC EXPERIENCE? An Analysis of the Prophetic Dream Theory of 'Abd al-Karim Surush


TIĞLI A.

ILAHIYAT STUDIES-A JOURNAL ON ISLAMIC AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES, vol.12, no.1, pp.41-84, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.12730/13091719.2021.121.217
  • Title of Journal : ILAHIYAT STUDIES-A JOURNAL ON ISLAMIC AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.41-84
  • Keywords: Revelation, Abd al-Karim Surush [Abdolkarim Soroush], imagination, prophetic dream

Abstract

This paper analyzes the theory that 'Abd al-Karim Surush proposes through an article series called The Prophet Muhammad: The Messenger of Prophetic Dreams, in light of previous approaches about revelation (waby) with regard to dreams and imagination. For this purpose, the first chapter of this paper centers on the distinction between the word "dream" (ru'ya), as in Surush's theory, and traditional approaches to revelation to determine differences in terms of content. The second chapter associates the explanation of revelation with dreams in order to compare alternative "imagination" based approaches in Islamic philosophy and Sufism, in turn clarifying how Surush distinguishes them and resolves the relevant problematics.