Great Book of Interpretation of Dreams

The Great Book of Interpretation of Dreams (Arabic: تفسير الأحلام الكبير, Tafsir al-Ahlam al-Kabir) attributed to the 7th century Muslim scholar Ibn Sirin[1] which was originally compiled in the 15th century by al-Dārī under the title Selection of Statements on the Exegesis of Dreams.[2]

The typology of categorization of dreams in Arabic literature of dream interpretation is noted for it close adherence to orthodox theological categories, and assumes an intimate relationship between dreaming and conventional expressions of devotional religious piety. Traditional Arabic books of dream-interpretation were composed by theologians.

Contents edit

The Great Book of Interpretation of Dreams is in 59[3] chapters, thus:

  1. Seeing God Almighty
  2. Seeing the prophets
  3. Seeing archangels and angels
  4. Seeing the Prophet's companions
  5. The various chapters of the Holy Quran
  6. Islam
  7. Saluting and shaking hands
  8. Cleanliness
  9. Call for prayers; praying
  10. Rites
  11. Seeing the mosque, the prayer niche, or the minaret
  12. Seeing alms-giving and the feeding of the poor
  13. Fasting and breaking the fast
  14. Pilgrimage
  15. Jihad
  16. Death, the dead, tombs
  17. Day of Resurrection; the Judgement; the Balance of the Last Day
  18. Hell
  19. Paradise
  20. Jinn
  21. People, old and young
  22. Parts of the body
  23. Bodily secretions and excrements
  24. Sounds and languages of animals
  25. Pains and diseases
  26. Remedies, medicines, potions
  27. Food, cooking utensils, dining tables
  28. Harps, cups, games, perfumes
  29. Clothes
  30. Sultans, kings and their courts
  31. Warfare and weapons
  32. Craftsmen
  33. Horses and livestock
  34. Wild beasts
  35. Birds
  36. Traps, fishing hooks, snares
  37. Pests, insects
  38. Breeze, wind, rain, earthquakes, lightning, rainbow, etc.
  39. -
  40. Metals, minerals, petroleum
  41. Sea, rivers, wells
  42. Fire
  43. Trees
  44. Grain, legumes, melons, cucumber
  45. Pens, ink, writing
  46. Idols
  47. Rugs, beds, canopies, curtains, tents
  48. Riders, saddles, stirrups, reins, bridles
  49. Spinning, weaving, ropes
  50. Sleeping; servants and slaves
  51. Drinking and eating
  52. Calamities
  53. Pairs of opposite qualities
  54. Marriage and adultery
  55. Traveling
  56. Selling, lending, borrowing
  57. Disputes
  58. Scattered dreams
  59. Stories by holy men

References edit

  1. ^ Sirin, Ibn (2007). INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS WITH AN ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF THE TERMS. Translated by Rania M.Sanioura. Beirut, Lebanon: Dār al-Kutub al-ʿilmīya. ISBN 9782745153821.
  2. ^ Maria Mavroudi, A Byzantine Book on Dream Interpretation, Brill, 2002, pp. 27-28.
  3. ^ Yehia Gouda : Dreams and Their Meanings in the Old Arab Tradition. Vantage Pr, NY, 1991. pp. 21-25

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