A Philosophical Approach to Explaining Divine Revelation in Farabi's Thought

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Abdullah HosseiniEskandian, et. al.


Revelation is one of the sciences and teachings that many people are not able to understand and comprehend this knowledge due to its divine and metaphysical origin. Therefore, many philosophers and thinkers have studied and explained this mysterious consciousness and have tried to interpret it rationally and logically. Farabi is one of the philosophers who studied revelation for the first time and provided a detailed explanation of this divine knowledge. He believes that this divine knowledge is revealed to the prophet directly or through the mediation of the Tenth Intellect. The study of divine revelation as a science of inhuman origin, in the opinion of Abu Nasr Al-Farabi, can solve many problems of people regarding the lack of understanding or misunderstanding of divine revelation and answer many of their questions and doubts in the field of divine revelation. In this article, through descriptive-analytical method and with the help of library sources, we first try to define revelation and examine what revelation is from the point of view of Farabi, and then discuss the relationship between the prophet and Tenth Intellect and the quality of revelation. Farabi believes that the eloquent and imaginative power of the prophet has reached sufficient and faithful perfection and the prophet, due to his supreme spiritual perfection, is able to receive and convey revelation to the people in words and deeds.


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et. al., A. H. . (2021). A Philosophical Approach to Explaining Divine Revelation in Farabi’s Thought. Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education (TURCOMAT), 12(13), 4899–4905. https://doi.org/10.17762/turcomat.v12i13.9664