عنوان مقاله [English]
نویسنده [English]چکیده [English]
The majority of Muslim scholars have spoken of spiritual life of human by metaphors of moving in Serat, Sabil, and Tariq, which all mean something like way, road or path. It seems that according to their personal experiences and some Quranic evidences the spiritual life occurs for them in the process of a distance. It is for this reason that some of Muslim scholars have metaphorically called this kind of living as ‘spiritual journey’ or ‘seyr va soluk.’ But the language of revelation has many metaphors for spiritual life, and ‘spiritual journey’ is only one of them. We have other Quranic metaphors like moving from darkness to light, farming, thralldom, moving from left to right or from below to above. At first, this paper will introduce the history of modeling on the basis of the spiritual journey or ‘spiritual life is a journey’ famous metaphor to show the importance of this metaphor and its influence on Muslims’ understanding of spiritual life. Secondly, it will introduce the theory of ‘conceptual metaphors’ and attempt to show the capacities of this theory for obtaining a new understanding of the multiplicity of the presentations of spiritual life in Quran. The major finding of this paper is that in Quran there a multiplicity of patterns for presenting the spiritual life which the theory of conceptual metaphors can open some horizons for being familiar with their multiplicity.