Dreaming Across Boundaries: The Interpretation of Dreams in Islamic Lands

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.49
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 14%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $14.49   
  • New (6) from $14.49   
  • Used (4) from $32.94   


Descriptions of dreams abound in the literatures of the Near East and North Africa. The Prophet Muhammad endowed them with a theological dimension, saying that after him “true dreams” would be the only channel for prophecy. Dreams were often used to support conflicting theological and political arguments, and the local chronicles contain many accounts of royal dreams justifying the advent of new dynasties.

This volume explores the context of these theological speculations and political aspirations through the medium of dreams to present fascinating insights into the social history of the pre-modern Islamic world in all its cultural diversity. Wider cultural exchanges are discussed through concrete examples such as the Arabic version of the Aristotelian treatise De divinatione per somnum. Some of the current scholarly assumptions about dreams being merely stylized expressions of social conventions are challenged by personal reports that express individual personalities, self-awareness, and spiritual development.

This is the first volume of the Ilex Series on Themes and Traditions. The series explores cross-cultural constructs without losing sight of the rich texture of local variations of traditions or beliefs.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674021228
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Ilex Series, #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Marlow is Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley College.

Olga M. Davidson is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


1. Images for Foretelling: Two Topkapi Fâlnâmes
by Serpil Bagci

2. The Dream as a Narrative Device in the Shâhnâma
by Olga M. Davidson

3. Dream Accounts in the Chronicles of the Mamluk Period
by Yehoshua Frenkel

4. How Aristotle Came to Believe in God-given Dreams: The Arabic Version of De divinatione per somnum
by Rotraud E. Hansberger

5. An Early Muslim Autobiographical Dream Narrative: Abû Ja'far al-Qâyinî and his Dream of the Prophet Muhammad
by John C. Lamoreaux

6. Self-Reflection and Conversion in Medieval Muslim Autobiographical Dreams
by Hagar Kahana-Smilansky

7. Dreams in the Manâqib of a Moroccan Sufi Shaykh: 'Abd al-'Aziz ad-Dabbâgh (d. 1719)
by Jonathan G. Katz

8. Qur'ân and Hadith: A Struggle for Supremacy as Reflected in Dream Narratives
by Leah Kinberg

9. The Significance of Dreams and Dream Interpretations in the Qur'an
by Mohammad J. Mahallati

10. The Poor Man's Prophecy: Al-Ghazâli on Dreams
by Eric Ormsby

11. The Dreams of Shaykh Safi al-Din in Late Safavid Chronicles
by Sholeh A. Quinn

12. The Image of 'Ali b. Abu Tâlib in the Dreams of the Visitors to his Tomb
by Khalid Sindawi

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)