Dreaming in Christianity and Islam: Culture, Conflict, and Creativity

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Throughout history to the present day, religion has ideologically fueled wars, conquests, and persecutions. Christianity and Islam, the world's largest and geopolitically powerful faiths, are often positioned as mortal enemies locked in an apocalyptic "clash of civilizations." Rarely are similarities addressed.

Dreaming in Christianity and Islam, the first book to explore dreaming in these religions through original essays, fill this void. The editors focus on how studying dreams reveal new aspects of social and political reality. International scholars document the impact of dreams on sacred texts, mystical experiences, therapeutic practices, and doctrinal controversies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813546100
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Bulkeley is a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union and author of Dreaming in the World's Religions.Kate Adams is a senior lecturer in education studies at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, UK, and the coauthor of The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood.Patricia M. Davis is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Lee H. Butler Jr. ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Dreaming in Christianity

1 Divine Dream Dilemmas: Biblical Visions and Dreams Bart J. Koet 17

2 Early Christians and Their Dreams Bonnelle Lewis Strickling 32

3 Discerning the Voice of God: Case Studies in Christian History Patricia M. Davis 43

4 Dreaming through the Bible with Luther and Calvin Geoff Nelson 57

5 Dreams and Visions of the Dying Patricia Bulkley 71

Part 2 Dreaming in Islam

6 Dreaming in the Life of the Prophet Muhammad Hidayet Aydar 81

7 Islamic Dreaming: An Analysis of Its Truthfulness and Influence Muhammad Amanullah 98

8 Healing and Dreams in Islam Abdemalek Yamani 111

9 Istikhara and Dreams: Learning about the Future through Dreaming Hidayet Aydar 123

10 Dream and Spirit in Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah's Qitab al-Ruh Mehmet Dalkilic 137

11 The jinn: Companion in the Realm of Dreams and Imagination Lana Nasser 143

12 Women and Dream Interpretation in Contemporary Iran Parisa Rahimian 155

Part 3 Two Traditions in Dialogue

13 Books on Dream Interpretation: Artemidorus and Kutbuttinzade Resat Ongoren 167

14 Conversion Dreams in Christianity and Islam Patricia M. Davis Lewis Rambo 175

15 A Comparison of Islamic and Western Psychological Dream Theories Iain R. Edgar 188

16 The Typical Dreams of Jordanian College Students Lana Nasser Kelly Bulkeley 200

17 Dreams of Muslim and Christian Children Kate Adams 217

18 Discussing Dreams in a Prison in Amsterdam Bart J. Koet 226

19 The Ambiguities of Privilege Jeremy Taylor 236

Conclusion 249

Notes on Contributors 253

Index 257

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