On 2 December 2010, Robert Rollinger, Visiting Lecturer at AKU-ISMC and Professor at the Institute for Ancient History, Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Orient, Leopold Franzens University, Austria gave a public lecture entitled, “Islamic Prophecy: An Overview on a Universal Phenomenon in the Middle East”.
In his lecture, Professor Rollinger explored ancient Near Eastern prophecy, focusing on examples of prophecy which appear in documents from the city of Mari (18th c. BC) and from Neo Assyrian times (7th c. BC).
Prophecy as a cultural phenomenon is a well established institution in the ancient Near East, and is widely attested from the end of the 3rd millennium BC onwards. In studying prophecy, understanding transmission is essential. It can be defined as a method of revealing the divine will to humans, where prophets – both male and female – act as direct mouthpieces of gods whose messages they communicate.
A recording of the lecture is available here.
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