By Fazlur Rahman
This longstanding and extremely popular quantity is the 1st to discover the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a serious and definitive region of Islamic non secular and political notion. In it, the esteemed Islamic pupil Fazlur Rahman strains the inception of this doctrine from old Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration via Muslim philosophers that allows you to go well with their imaginative and prescient of the Prophet, and, eventually, the various levels of attractiveness of those convergent rules by means of the Muslim orthodoxy.
The newest variation of this vintage textual content incorporates a new foreword by means of Islamic reviews specialist Michael Sells, confirming Prophecy in Islam because the top resource on its topic after greater than part a century. This longstanding and very hot quantity is the 1st to discover the doctrine of prophetic revelation, a severe and definitive quarter of Islamic spiritual and political idea. In it, the esteemed Islamic student Fazlur Rahman lines the inception of this doctrine from historic Greek texts, its interpretation and elaboration via Muslim philosophers so one can go well with their imaginative and prescient of the Prophet, and, eventually, the various levels of popularity of those convergent principles via the Muslim orthodoxy.
The most recent variation of this vintage textual content incorporates a new foreword through Islamic experiences professional Michael Sells, confirming Prophecy in Islam because the top resource on its topic after greater than part a century.
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Now it is impossible that this should not have its ultimate limits: the limit on the side of weakness is that (a human soul) cannot accept even a single intelligible either directly or indirectly while the limit on the side of strength is that (a human soul) should accept (all knowledge) directly. . e. must exist) by itself. e. human beings) which accept both directly and indirectly, others which do not accept directly any emanation from the (Active) Intellect, others again which directly receive all intelligible emanations.
Cf. , I I I , 429 a, 27). 29. For the reasons outlined here, it seems to m e that Pére L. Gardet’s account of the subject (op. cit. p p . 153–7) is not merely extrinsic b u t out of harmony with Avicenna’s own teaching. Gardet’s belaboured argument tries to establish that Avicenna denied the identity of the h u m a n soul with the separate intelligibles in the cognitive act because he did not wish to identify the h u m a n soul with God in higher religious experience. H e says (p. 155, 3–6) ‘c’est bien la theorie de la connaissance qui est en jeu.
57 Plotinus, in whose thinking super-naturalism and astrology are very influential factors, took over the doctrine of Sympathy from the Stoics and put an extreme interpretation upon it. Since he was not interested in physical sciences, mechanical causation means to him but little for which he substitutes Sympathy and ‘action at a distance’,58 or rather, since, one soul, according to him, pervades the entire universe, the purely physical categories of ‘contiguous action’ and ‘action at a distance’ evaporate.
Prophecy in Islam by Fazlur Rahman