Abstract—Muslim thological literature is a self-referential tradition in the sense that in all its intellectual attempts it tries to reproduce its origins at the time of the Prophet. In other words, it is a quest for authenticity. But, the meta-historical notion of the Advent of Islam is now facing with the problem of objective reliability in modern scholarship; therefore, new methodological approaches are needed to cast light on new dimensions of the problem. The method of ‘history of concept’ can help us to assess the reliability of Muslim works. By this framework, the historical shifts of basic concepts in the Muslim literature can be represented. As a part of this project, we would limit the scope of the study of basic concepts to those reflecting some notions about future in the Islamic literature; i.e. the futuristic categories of expectation, imagination, decision. Historiography of the basic futuristic concepts can open the way for new assessments of the Islamic literature.
Index Terms—History of Concepts, expectation, imagination, decision, Islam, Hadith
R. Nasrollahi is with the Public Relations in the higher education organizations in Iran. (e-mail:email@example.com).
F. M. Korbekandi is with the Iranian journals(e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: R. Nasrollahi and F. Moieni Korbekandi, "Futuristic Categories as Conceptual Tools for the Study of the Reliability of Muslim Historical Sources," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 335-339, 2012.