Book/Printed Material The Explanation of Dreams.

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Title

  • The Explanation of Dreams.

Summary

  • The original title of this fragmentary work is unknown. The title Tafsīr al-manāmāt (The explanation of dreams) that has been added to the first page of the surviving portion is a later addition and identifies the book as belonging to the rich genre of Islamic texts on dream interpretation. Drawing on Hellenistic and other pre-Islamic traditions, this genre of literature was well established by the ninth century, and includes such well-known works as Dustūr fī al-taʻbīr (Laws of dream interpretation) by Abu Ishaq al-Kirmani (flourished in the late eighth century). In the present manuscript, the first preserved chapter is chapter 3, which deals with visions of angels, prophets, learned men, and the Kaaba. The last fully preserved chapter, chapter 22, deals with visions of birds of prey. A comparison with comparable texts, such as al-Muntakhab fi taʻbīr al-manāmāt (Selections in the interpretation of dreams) by Abu Ali al-Khalili al-Dari (circa eighth century) suggests that the surviving portion of Tafsīr al-manāmāt constitutes about half of the original.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [800 to 900]

Headings

  • -  800 to 900
  • -  Arabic manuscripts
  • -  Codex
  • -  Dream interpretation
  • -  Dreams
  • -  Islam
  • -  Visions

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 82 pages.
  • -  Original resource at: Wellcome Library.
  • -  Content in Arabic.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667370

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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The Explanation of Dreams. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 800 to 900, 0800] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667370/.

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(0800) The Explanation of Dreams. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 800 to 900] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667370/.

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The Explanation of Dreams. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 800 to 900, 0800] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667370/>.