Mystical experience in the men of the cave: a Lacanian reading of al-Kahf

Pengalaman mistik lelaki dalam Gua: bacaan Lacanian terhadap surah al-Kahf

  • Tayebeh Barati Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Tehran, 1417935840, Iran.
  • Pyeaam Abbasi Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Isfahan, 8174673441, Iran.
Keywords: Imaginary, Symbolic, Real, Mystical Experience, Jouissance

Abstract

In his contribution to psychoanalysis, Jacques Lacan introduces three orders according to which every psychoanalytic phenomenon can be described. These three orders are the imaginary, the symbolic and the real. The imaginary is the order in which the subject thinks of everything as his/her own. For the subject there is no distinction between the other and the subject itself. In the symbolic order the subject comes to realise that there is a gap between him/her and the other. S/he, then, starts to feel a lack which for the rest of his/her life the subject tries to fill in. The real is considered as the most important order in which the subject tears away from the symbolic and tries to experience, once again, the unity it had in the imaginary order. It is in this phase that the subject experiences what is known as jouissance or the 'pleasure in pain'. The present study tries to look at the eighteenth chapter of the Holy Quran, al-Kahf (The Cave), in the light of psychoanalysis studies and Lacan's theories in order to analyse the mystical experience that the Men of the Cave go through to reach their final jouissance. 

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Published
2021-01-14
How to Cite
Barati, T., & Abbasi, P. (2021). Mystical experience in the men of the cave: a Lacanian reading of al-Kahf. Al-Irsyad: Journal of Islamic and Contemporary Issues, 5(2), 456-462. Retrieved from http://al-irsyad.kuis.edu.my/index.php/alirsyad/article/view/111