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Title: Dialogism in the Qur'an : A literary analysis of the story of Abraham
Author: Behairi, Hanadi Muhammad
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2007
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The Qur'an is an important literary text. It contains all the elements and qualities of good classical Arabic literature: poetic imagery, metaphors and similes, stories, parables, moral precepts and religious injunctions. These and other elements of the Qur'anic literary style. and idioms have been studied and elaborated in terms of the inimitability (I'jäz) of the Qur'an. There is, however, another dimension of the construction of the Qur'anic text that has not been examined at length: dialogism. Dialogue is clearly not dialogism. While dialogue refers to the structure of exchange (of speech in a simple form) between two parties (speaker and addressee) especially in conversation, dialogism pertains to the interrelationships between utterances in speech or discourse that re-enacts the speaker's intention and anticipates the addressee's response. Dialogism may be found in a unit of speech not necessarily cast in the form of dialogue. More importantly, not all dialogues are dialogical. I would like to suggest that by looking at dialogism in the Qur'an, especially Qur'änic stories, it would be possible to read the Qur'an in a new way that would first, shed light on the composition of the Qur'än and second, produce new meaningful readings. of its. stories_ I focus on the story* of Abraham in the Qur'an. A combination of the theories of `Abd al-Qähir al-Jurjän! (471/1078) and Mikhail Bakhtin (1975) serve as the theoretical framework for my analysis In my literary analysis, I highlight the ways in which meaning is derived from an overlapping of semantic and rhetorical functions of language (al-Jurjäni) and, more significantly, from dialogism of worldviews embedded in language use (Bakhtin). The analysis of the story in Abraham in the Qur'an will be undertaken within two main categories; active double voiced words and dialogic imagination. It shows that the Qur'an has a unique nature of dialogic relations. The embedded interrelationship between the Prophet Muhammad and the Prophet Abraham is reflected in selection of words, construction of dialogues, and environments of the text. This interrelationship presents, or represents, the conception of community in the Islamic view.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.497237  DOI: Not available
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