ABSTRACT

This is all that is to be found in al-Fārābī’s extant treatises about the prophetic revelation at the intellectual level. The three points made by him are (1) that the prophet, unlike an ordinary mind, is endowed with an extraordinary intellectual gift, (2) that the prophet’s intellect, unlike ordinary philosophical and mystical minds, does not need an external instructor but develops by itself with the aid of divine power even if, previous to its final illumination, it passes through the stages of actualization, through which an ordinary intellect passes, and (3) that, at the end, of this develop­ ment the prophetic intellect attains contact with the Active Intelli­ gence from which it receives the specifically prophetic faculty.7