The Inspirational Night Dream in the Motivation and Justification of Jihad
This paper uses a wide variety of examples to argue that the experience of the true dream (ru’yâ) is a fundamental, inspirational, and even strategic, part of the contemporary militant Jihadist movement in the Middle East and elsewhere. Dream narratives are contextualized through a consideration of the historical role of the perceived revelatory power of the night dream in Islam. This paper further explores some key aspects of Islamic dream theory and interpretation, and offers examples and analysis of the inspirational guidance claimed by many of the best known Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders and Jihadists.
Edgar, I. (2007). The Inspirational Night Dream in the Motivation and Justification of Jihad. Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 11(2), 59-76. https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2007.11.2.59
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Nov 1, 2007|
|Deposit Date||Apr 6, 2009|
|Publicly Available Date||Dec 8, 2009|
|Publisher||University of California Press|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Islam, Koran, Dream, Militant Jihadists.|
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Published as Edgar, I. R. (2007) 'The inspirational night dream in the motivation and justification of Jihad.', Nova religio., 11 (2). pp. 59-76. © 2007 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on [Caliber (http://caliber.ucpress.net/)] or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, http://www.copyright.com.
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